Uvongo: motorist blames bikers for most motorcycle accidents

2011-07-11 00:00

ACCIDENTS involving motorbikes are most often caused by bikers who disregard road rules and put the lives of other road users at risk, said an Uvongo motorist yesterday.

The motorist, who asked not to be named, was reacting to an accident in which a biker was killed in Uvongo last week.

She said, “A number of accidents involving motorbikes in Uvongo and other parts of the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal are caused by bikers.

“On Wednesday night as I was turning into Konrad Drive a yellow motorcycle came racing past four or five cars on the left-hand side over the yellow line.

“It was speeding and if I had not seen him coming he would have hit me.

“Last week another biker was killed at the corner of Konrad Drive and Marine Drive — there are two different rumours as to how he died — one that he jumped off his bike to prevent an accident and the other that his wheel came off,” the motorist added.

She said a few years ago in the holiday season she was turning from Konrad Drive into Marine Drive when her car was hit by a motorcycle after it had overtaken cars over the yellow lane on the left-hand side.

“Luckily he was not hurt as I was driving slowly.

“What I’m trying to say is that motorcyclists need to behave like all motorists and overtake when it is safe to do so,” she said.

Police spokesperson Captain Gerald Mfeka said that accidents involving motorcycles are not common.

In such instances cases of culpable homicide are opened and dockets taken to the office of the public prosecutor for a decision.

“The police then are not in a position to say who was at fault,” he said.

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