Traffic laws widely disregarded

2017-05-18 06:00
PHOTOS: vusi mthalaneA Ray Nkonyeni Municipality law enforcement vehicle double-parks in Colley Street while the driver and his passenger get fish and chips.

PHOTOS: vusi mthalaneA Ray Nkonyeni Municipality law enforcement vehicle double-parks in Colley Street while the driver and his passenger get fish and chips.

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AFTER the Fever spent a week observing the behaviour of some drivers on our roads, it became apparent that many intentionally break traffic laws knowing there won’t be any ramifications.

Last week a Fever reader from Umtentweni was shaken after a car skipped a red traffic light at the Abingdon Road/R102 intersection and almost collided with his.

The traffic light is notorious for turning green for only about eight seconds to allow cars from Abingdon and Commercial roads to join the R102.

“That car almost took me out. It was through sheer luck that it was not a nasty accident,” said the man who asked not to be named because of his position in the community.

“Something really needs to be done about this general lawlessness on our roads. People always blame the taxis, but I have witnessed drivers of all races driving recklessly and deliberately breaking traffic laws,” said the man.

He said he wondered what the municipal law enforcement unit was doing to ensure rules of the road are adhered to.

“All they seem to be doing is writing parking tickets in the CBD and aren’t seen policing the roads at all.”

Ray Nkoyeni Municipality spokesperson Simon April said

visible policing can be done but officers cannot be everywhere at the same time.

“Therefore drivers are urged to refrain from using cellphones while driving, [also] driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs with narcotic effects, exceeding the speed limit, overloading of passengers and overtaking on barrier lines,” he said.

During the time the Fever was gathering evidence of motorists breaking traffic laws, many were seen chatting on their cellphones while driving, others sped up and skipped red traffic lights, while others illegally parked in the middle of the road on the R102 to pick up hitchhikers at the entrance of Port Shepstone.

April said a proper bus and/or taxi stop cannot be built there since it next to a major intersection.

“People should stop hitchhiking there and equally, motorists should also stop picking up hitchhikers. Traffic law enforcement will from time to time monitor the area, but the permanent solution to it is that people should obey the road rules.

“There is a clear sign there which indicates that stopping there is not allowed.”

A Ray Nkonyeni Municipality law enforcement vehicle was also seen double parked in Colley Street while the driver and his passenger went into a fish and chips shop to buy food.

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