Tshwane talks to engineers about making Voortrekker Road safer

2011-04-04 10:38

The city of Tshwane has approached engineers for advice on how to make Voortrekker Road safer after three people died in an apparent drag race at the weekend, a spokesman said.

“We are looking at a multitude of possible solutions,” said Tshwane safety and security spokesman William Baloyi.

One of the options under consideration was for the city to change the synchronisation of robots on that road, so that not all robots are green at the same time.

“If all the robots are open at the same time, it makes it much easier for drag racing to take place.

“We want our engineers to look into that. The engineers would advise us on that.”

If it were to happen, it was too early to say what times during the day or night the synchronisation of the robots would be changed.

Another option was building speed bumps, but that came with a different set of problems.

“That is a very busy road and speed bumps might then contribute to traffic congestion during heavy traffic flow.”

He said the city was waiting for feedback from engineers before any decisions would be taken.

Baloyi said the city was investigating reports that the three people who were killed were involved in drag racing.

“The initial witness reports ... suggest that they might have been involved in drag racing,” he said.

The DA called on the city’s mayor this morning to “intervene immediately to stop the illegal racing in Voortrekker Road on Sunday evenings”, said Moot councillor Elmarie Linde in a statement.

“We have submitted two petitions in the last four years wherein we requested action but to no avail. It is time that the mayor visits Voortrekker Road on a Sunday evening to see for himself what is happening there,” said DA councillor Hendrik Fourie of Ward 53.

“How many more lives will be lost before these races are stopped? Not even the petitions, signed by many residents and motorist, were regarded as important. Spectators who support these races are just as guilty. Less motorists will race if there are no spectators.”

Two people died on the scene and a third died later in hospital after a horrific crash involving a Nissan 350Z and an Uno Turbo in Gezina around 8pm shortly after witnesses said the drag race started.

The two cars crashed into two other cars, which were not taking part in the race.

The Nissan then crashed into a pole and burst into flames, while the Uno broke apart when it hit another pole.

A passenger in the Uno died on the scene and its driver later died in hospital.

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