Motorists enraged by reckless driving

2016-03-14 12:30
A taxi infringing a red traffic light at Chota Motala and Willowton roads.

A taxi infringing a red traffic light at Chota Motala and Willowton roads. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - Many Pietermaritzburg motorists are enraged by reckless driving and a feeling that there has been a surge of lawlessness on the city roads.

The traffic congestion has become a down-spiral in some parts of town, with impatient taxi drivers and some motorists infringing the most basic road rules due to less visibility of traffic officers on the roads, motorists said.

Some have taken their frustration to social media and share photographs of the law breakers online.

Recently, Prestbury residents were upset after a 79-year-old woman was knocked down by a minibus taxi in a 40 km/h speed limit zone.

It is believed the elderly woman was killed by a taxi while crossing Sweetwaters Road from Linpark Club (next to Linpark School) to Lyngrove.

Members of the community were shocked that a “vibrant, active, caring person” lost her life so violently in her neighbourhood.

Some motorists have posted their bad experiences on the roads, on The Witness Facebook page.

Raisethorpe resident Rikesh Ishwarlal blames the traffic department for poor monitoring on the roads.

He said visible policing, together with basic law enforcement, is needed to maintain order on the roads.

Naidoo Shallaine said: “The worst is Longmarket Street; traffic officers need to be there towards the afternoon when we leave from work. It’s an absolute chaos. People tend to drive however they feel like.”

Veer Jayraj Hardavnarain said: “I also have to frequently avoid speeding taxis going through the red robot at the Edendale Hospital entrance. People have no patience on the road. Many motorists want to be ahead of everyone else, even if it means ignoring the rules and laws of the road.”

Sanett Els: “Taxis are taking over the Pentrich road in the morning. They pass all the traffic in the on-coming lane to get to the front, nearly causing huge accidents sometimes. We have to go onto the pavement where the pedestrians walk.

“They speed like crazy … not even to mention at the intersection on Camps Drift and Burger extension; they cut you right off from turning right, as they go to the front…” said Els.

The municipality failed to respond to a media enquiry sent them through their acting spokesperson Nqobile Ndonda.


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