Call to make Tshwane road safer

2011-04-04 11:50

Johannesburg - The city of Tshwane has approached engineers for advice on how to make Voortrekker Road safer after three people died in an apparent drag race at the weekend, a spokesperson said.

"We are looking at a multitude of possible solutions," said Tshwane safety and security spokesperson William Baloyi.

One of the options under consideration was for the city to change the synchronisation of robots on that road, so that not all robots are green at the same time.

"If all the robots are open at the same time, it makes it much easier for drag racing to take place. We want our engineers to look into that. The engineers would advise us on that."

If it were to happen, it was too early to say what times during the day or night the synchronisation of the robots would be changed.

Another option was building speed bumps, but that came with a different set of problems.

"That is a very busy road and speed bumps might then contribute to traffic congestion during heavy traffic flow."

He said the city was waiting for feedback from engineers before any decisions would be taken.

Baloyi said the city was investigating reports that the three people who were killed were involved in drag racing.

"The initial witness reports... suggest that they might have been involved in drag racing," he said.

The DA called on the city's mayor on Monday morning to "intervene immediately to stop the illegal racing in Voortrekker Road on Sunday evenings", said Moot councillor Elmarie Linde.

Two people died on the scene and a third died later in hospital after a horrific crash involving a Nissan 350Z and an Uno Turbo in Gezina around 20:00 shortly after witnesses said the drag race started.

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