Cars collide during alleged illegal racing

2014-08-26 00:00

TWO cars were involved in a severe collision when their drivers were allegedly participating in illegal street races on Victoria Road on Sunday night.

Eyewitnesses claimed that a Volkswagen Golf, which had completed its race, was making a U-turn when a Fiat Uno smashed into it during its own race with another vehicle. A van parked at the roadside was also damaged.

This was not the first incident of its kind. The city’s illegal drag racing scene has been the cause of many accidents and has claimed the lives of drivers in the past. The popular racing spots are on Victoria Road and Old Greytown Road outside Prilla Mills. Racing takes place on Thursday or Sunday nights.

Allandale residents who live near the mill say they have complained to the municipality and to the police about the noise of the cars racing until the early hours of the morning.

Both spectators and racers alike have raised the issue of legalising the sport and have expressed their concerns about the dangers of the sport on public roads.

A rally took place in Raisethorpe on Jan­uary 31 this year when about 3 500 racing enthusiasts came together to sign a petition calling for the sport to be legalised in the city. The rally was hosted by local ANC officials prior to the national elections.

“We are committed to finding a venue for drag racing. The land requirements for a permanent site are being investigated. There are objections both internally and externally, which we are trying to overcome.

“Our good faith must not be undermined. Rest assured we are committed to finding a venue,” said Msunduzi Municipality Speaker Babu Baijoo.

SAPS Captain Thulani Zwane says a case of reckless and negligent driving is being investigated in connection with Sunday’s accident, but no arrests have been made thus far. Only minor injuries were reported after the accident.


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