Call to make Tshwane road safer
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
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
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
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