Community calls for action

2015-09-29 06:00

FOLLOWING the tragic accident where a seven-year-old boy after he was hit by a bakkie as he crossed the street along Fisher Road in Waterfall, the community has called for action to be taken with regard to road safety in the area.

The Fever has been inundated with complaints stating that drivers do not obey the rules of the road at Blessing Ninela and Fisher Roads, near the schools.

When the Fever visited the roads, it was also evident that drivers do not heed to the rules of the road. Yield signs and stops signs are ignored. Some drivers did not even slow down at Zebra crossings.

Many people commented that people drive at high speeds in the area and do not obey the 60km/h speed restriction.

A community member who did not want to be named said that she has been battling with the municipality for years to erect speed humps.

“People do not stop for the children to cross the road, not at the traffic light or at the pedestrian crossing,” she said.

“Motorists also drive far over the speed limit and don’t even bother to stop at one of the stop streets.”

Mrs Smith, a parent of a pupil at Waterfall College, said that something needs to be done as soon as possible.

“We must act now. How many more children must be hurt or, even worse, robbed of their lives, before something is done?” she asks.

“What happened last week must never happen again.

“I drove past the scene and couldn’t help thinking this could have been my child.”

DA ward councillor Tex Collin said that he is in constant battle with the department to have speed calming measures allocated to the street.

“The eThekwini Transport Authority is responsible for the approval and construction of traffic calming measure within the city. It must also be acknowledged that some roads within the municipal boundaries are administered by the Provincial Department of Transport.

“However it must be said that both these departments practise what my colleague Rick Crouch refers to as ‘tombstone legislation’ in that the authorities rather than take preventative measures will wait until tragedy strikes and even then do very little about it . The Fields Hill accident is a case in point,” he said.

“There was a very serious accident on Bridle Road a few weeks ago when a taxi over turned resulting in injuries to 12 passengers, but officialdom has decreed that accidents of this nature are unimportant and therefore because of the policy no action will be taken.”

Collins said that one is left to ponder what part of the policy applied when no less than seven speed humps were constructed along Warrior Road in Hillcrest, a road that serves only the houses along its length and ends in a cul-de-sac. “I am told by the head of ETA Carlos Esteves that a complaint was laid (by persons unknown, he will not divulge the name of the complainant) and because of the high accident rate the humps were constructed,” he said.

“I have laid an official complaint about Bridle Road but it seems that unless you have political connections nothing will be done, because the Warrior Road issue makes a complete mockery of the policy. I sympathise with users or Blessing Ninela Road and urge all concerned to not let up in their efforts for calming measures to be constructed.”

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