LETTER: Thanks to the men in blue

2016-07-05 06:00

Last Tuesday evening around 21:00 I had a most terrifying experience while driving on the M3 highway between the Lady’s Mile on-ramp and the Tokai off-ramp.

My car was sideswiped by an out-of-control vehicle which flew on for about 50 meters and slid off into the ditch.

Thankfully, I was in the right lane and was able to stop, turn on hazards and move off the road into the emergency lane.

A few moments later a metro police vehicle arrived and seeing my hazards and my flashing lights turned back and took control.

I just want to say how re-assuring, comforting and organised they were.

There was also a Kirstenhof neighbourhood community officer, Hadyn, who was simply marvellous and transported me to Kirstenhof Police Station where again I received the upmost courtesy.

I was advised not to attempt to drive my car and agreed to accept the assistance and advice of an AA affiliated recovery agent.

As I am a member of the AA I saw no problem with that, but in the next few days the release cost of the vehicle was a problem and resulted in a delay in my car being sent for assessment and repair.

However the purpose of this letter is in praise of our very overworked police force and our dedicated emergency workers who have to deal with all these situations – many much more horrific than mine.

We get daily negative reports about our police force so I think in my case a little praise is in order.

The good news is that there were no serious injuries to the many occupants of the unlicensed vehicle, driven by an uninsured and unlicensed driver.

My most sincere thanks to all who were involved.

M.A. Johnston, Marina da Gama

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