Putting brakes on speeding

2015-05-05 06:00

After many years of battling to slow traffic on Ocean View Drive, speeding motorists will soon come to a stop.

Traffic calming measures for the street have been approved and will see stop signs installed at the intersections of Ben Nevis and Springbok roads, ward councillor Jacques Weber says.

“The two intersections are often used to enter Ocean View Drive and have an extremely bad line of sight,” he says.

“The two intersections in question are similar to ‘blind corners’ and accidents have occurred while trying to enter the road.”

This means vehicles entering from Springbok or Ben Nevis roads have to edge onto Ocean View Drive, and stand the risk of colliding with oncoming traffic, he explains.

In addition, the traffic travelling on Ocean View Drive tends to move faster than is appropriate for a residential road, says Green Point Ratepayers’ Association spokesperson Luke Stevens.

“These have become quite scary and dangerous intersections. We hope that the new stop signs will also act as traffic calming measures,” he says.

Weber says although there are constant reports of speeding along this route, investigations by traffic officers tell a different story.

“We have conducted speed enforcement [and] the stats show a different picture. They do not indicate constant speeding and the number of offences captured are low,” he says.

However, he hopes the stop streets will slow any speedsters who do venture onto the road.

“The stop signs will also act as a traffic calming measure for those motorists who believe Ocean View Drive is their personal race track,” he says.

“Operations will also be held on this stretch to ensure motorists comply with speed limits and stop signs,” concludes Webber.

The installation of the signs should be completed within the next few weeks, he estimates

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