Speedhumps result in fewer accidents

2015-05-19 06:00

Traffic collisions along College Road in ward 46 have decreased dramatically in the past four months.

This comes after traffic-calming measures were introduced along the road in Manenberg.

Ward councillor Junade Hoosain says the two speed bumps that were built have resulted in fewer accidents occurring there.

“We used to have two incidents of collisions per week. However, in the past four months we have had only two incidents which could easily be pegged down to driver negligence,” Hoosain says.

The speed bumps are situated at the intersection of Voorspoed and Weldy roads.

“Residents asked for the traffic-calming measures as the accidents that occurred at that intersection were frequent. It was a safety concern and after following procedure, we had it put up,” Hoosain says.

He adds the project cost R40 000, which was funded from the ward allocation budget.

“There was a serious need and it received priority. One can instantly see the difference the calming measures have had,” he adds.

Hoosain explains that added traffic-calming measures will be put in place in ward 46 in the next financial year.

“We are looking at eight more speedhumps that will be added in the ward. There will be five speedhumps along Comet Road and three more will be placed along Durr Road,” he says.

The speed bumps will start just off Klipfontein Road, Hoosain adds.

One motorist, Riyaaz Slamdien who lives in Surrey Estate, says he looks forward to the added traffic-calming measures.

“That will definitely be a good thing in the community. People travel at high speeds down Comet Road and speed bumps will definitely ensure that the risk is decreased,” he says.

Slamdien says he has witnessed at least two accidents just off Comet Road.

“You get youngsters who try and impress their friends by driving fast. This has ended fatally for at least two drivers that I know of. There have definitely been more accidents but I am glad I did not see any more. It’s a gory sight that could have been avoided,” he says.

Another resident, Margo Petersen, says she has lived in the area for more than 20 years and the speed bumps along College Road were welcomed.

“When I saw the council coming to put up the speedhumps I was actually relieved. You hear of so many accidents along this road which could have been avoided. Motorists are now being forced to slow down, which is a good thing.

“We want our children safe in the streets,” she says

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