Reconstructed road causes problems

2015-10-01 06:00

EVER since the P 200 road was reconstructed a number of road accidents involving pedestrians, some of them hit and run, have taken place.

As part of an investigation into the situation it was discovered the possible cause of these accidents­ could be that the road coming from Gamalakhe, going past Izotsha to Marburg has no pedestrian walkway or pavement.

This results in pedestrians having to walk in the road as the yellow line area where they walk is flanked by bush and trees.

Drivers have complained that if a vehicle breaks down on the road, there is no place for it to be parked next to the yellow line.

“If a vehicle breaks down on this road, the driver can’t move it to the side since the yellow line area is narrow and vehicles that park there cause a traffic jam,” one driver­ told the Fever.

Robert Mc Kenzie, Emergency Medical Services spokesperson, said they regularly attend to incidents­ on the P200, however, the majority of accidents involve cars that have crashed or have left the road and gone into the bush on the side.

McKenzie said he can’t comment on the issue of side walks and encouraged pedestrians and cyclists­ to keep to the extreme left- hand side of the road when using it.

“One of the problems we find is that people will walk next to each other [abreast] when walking on the road which brings them closer, if not into vehicles’ lane and increases their chances of being hit,” said McKenzie.

P200 is a provincial road so the KZN Department of Transport spokesperson was contacted for comment, but by the time of going to press no comment had not been received

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