FROM PAGE 1 Risky drivers face fines

2015-04-30 14:10
Mr N Emanuel stands at the stop signs.
 Photo: Kalisha Naicker

Mr N Emanuel stands at the stop signs. Photo: Kalisha Naicker

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Another angry resident of Kloof Falls Road, who didn’t want to be named, said he is fed up with motorists treating the intersection as a race- track. He said he has a daily battle trying to drive at the intersection and has to wait a long time before someone stops and lets him pass. “When I reach the intersection I stop and proceed when the road is clear however, on numerous occasions I had to apply brakes quickly or swerve as a defiant motorist refuses to stop at their stop sign and just zooms by,” he said.

The motorist said he has been the victim of verbal abuse by motorists who refuse to accept responsibility, but blame him for “breaking their speed”.

“I have complained to the local authorities­ and the ward councillor about the situation, but nothing has been done,” he said.

“It is just a complete joke - the way motorists treat this road. My concern is also the old-age home and school are on this road. “We need municipality to step in and make this road safer for all road users.”

Ward 10 councillor Rick Crouch said he has received complaints about the intersection and has approached Metro Police to up patrols in the area.

“Metro did take action and continue to take action, but unfortunately they do not have the resources to have someone stationed there for any length of time,” he said.

“We have similar situations on other­ roads and intersections in our area and they try to attend to them as best they can with the limited resources­ they have been provided by Metro Police management in Durban.”

Crouch said he has argued in council and in budget meetings many times saying that Metro Police should receive a bigger slice of the budget as they are on the front lines when it comes to by-law enforcement, but they continue to receive an inadequate slice of the budget pie.

“Motorist need to take onus of their safety and drive with caution, obeying rules at all times,” said the councillor.

Metro police spokesperson Eugene­ Msomi said that breaking the rules of the road is a serious offence and motorist can be fined or imprisoned­.

He said that the Metro Police will be conducting regular road blocks at this intersection to monitor traffic and keep motorists who break the law in check or fined

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