Accident waiting to happen

2017-03-15 06:05
As can be seen – no designated parking – no traffic control – a serious accident waiting to happen.

As can be seen – no designated parking – no traffic control – a serious accident waiting to happen.

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PARENTS and staff at the Greytown High School and St David’s have drawn up a petition to submit to Umvoti Municipality requesting urgent and positive action to sort out the serious situation as vehicles line up to drop off and pick up pupils in Nel Street early in the morning and when school ends.

The dangers of injury or worse were highlighted recently when a young girl was knocked down by a taxi dropping off children.

A traffic officer on duty asked the driver for his licence, which he said he did not have on him. The officer then looked at the injured and shocked young girl and said: “You look fine,” and when she said she did not need to go to hospital he let the driver drive off (alert parents noted down the registration and licence number of the vehicle involved and the name of the driver and the traffic officer).

The road, Nel Street, is in an appalling state and in urgent need of repair as water tankers have travelled back and forth to fill up at the water works for the past two years.

Compounding this excuse of a road is the fact that there is no designated parking so taxis and private vehicles are parked haphazardly on the narrow verge as the youngsters stream out of the schools.

It is actually a miracle that there has not been a more serious accident as a result. The number of vehicles on this section of “no maintenance” road is added by traffic from private homes and businesses using it.

The petition for urgent action to be taken is to be submitted to Umvoti Municipality this week in the interests of protecting the lives of all these school-goers. Greytown Gazette, on behalf of the parents and schools, appeals to the powers to be to sort this problem out before a major disaster occurs.

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