Unmarked speed hump nightmare

2015-11-04 06:00

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MANY residents in the Upper Highway area, who initially welcomed the new speed humps erected by municipality near the M13 heading towards Makaranga in Gillitts, are now left fuming as the ‘huge’ humps are left unmarked.
Residents claim that these humps pose more of a danger to them as the road did without them.

A concerned resident decided to take control of the situation and painted signs on the humps warning motorists of the danger it poses, and urges them to proceed with caution when driving over it.

Warren Brauns, a voluntary paramedic, said he was on his way to attend to a patient when he had the unpleasant incident of driving over the unmarked speed hump. “My car slammed onto the hump causing damage to my undercarriage and bumper which I recently had repaired,” he said.

“There should have been warnings placed on the road or temporary markings so motorists are aware that speed humps have been erected.”

Another resident, who did not want to be named, said that the humps are certainly a road hazard.
“My son and my husband had hit the humps on two separate occasions and these are clearly a safety hazard. I certainly feel that these humps are not marked in the correct accordance of SA Road Marking Regulations,” she said.

Nevertheless residents commended the courageous individual who took it upon themselves to mark the humps.

The Upper Highway Info Facebook page has been flooded with likes and comments saying that it was a brilliant idea and well done to the person responsible. Some of the comments posted were: “Kudos to you! Amazing person!”, “ You're my hero!”, “Thank you whoever did this”, “Brilliant.”

Ward councillor Rick Crouch said that motorists need to be a little patient as these humps will be painted once all the humps have been constructed.

He said that if residents have any concerns regarding the size of the humps, they should contact the relevant department.
“The Road Traffic Act states the profile of how a hump should be built and if people feel this is too high, then they should send a written complaint to the department,” he said.

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