‘Drive is a death strip’

2014-10-16 00:00

ACCIDENTS in Umhlanga Rocks Drive have become so common that one woman who lives in the road says she waits for the screeching of tyres followed by the bang.

Natalie Kretzmann and her neighbours have called on the municipality to implement speed reduction measures on the road.

An anti-accident campaign is in its early stages, and the city’s traffic engineers have been asked to come up with a way to stop the crashes.

The latest head-on collision happened the Sunday before last near Sunningdale — and both cars were written off.

Kretzmann, who lives in Ferner Road, said more than 20 accidents had taken place in the road since they moved in.

“We moved in seven years ago, and every time we hear the screeching of tyres, we hold our breath and wait for the bang, and then go and look to see if we can help,” she said.

Kretzmann said her family avoid using Umhlanga Rocks Drive.

“I have even stopped jogging on the road, because I fear being run over by a car,” she said.

The campaign is headed by ward councillor Heinz de Boer.

He said they were focusing on the specific area between the Sunningdale and the Ilalah Ridge traffic lights.

“There have been large numbers of accidents in the area, and residents are concerned for their safety.”

De Boer said residents had put together a petition calling on eThekwini Transport Authority to act.

“The municipality must enforce speed-reduction implementation and triple-allocate their budget for road safety.”

De Boer said they had organised ongoing public meetings with residents to curb speeding on the road.

“We are also meeting with traffic engineers next week to look for a way forward,” he said.

He said speed timing by traffic officers had taken place twice in the last week.

“We need to see more of this, as well as the implementation of chevron boards.”

Community Policing Forum chairperson Haden Searles said Umhlanga Rocks Drive was a death strip.

“We need speed-calming measures to be implemented, because some residents can’t even get out of their driveways because of the speed at which motorists are driving.”

The municipality had not responded by the time of going to print.

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