I read with dismay that our municipality is to address the road safety problem by installing more speed humps in the name of so- called traffic calming.
There are many negative aspects to installing speed humps and this should only be done as a last resort. As it is, we are already known as the speed hump capital of South Africa.
The negative points are: No warning signs which were either not installed or removed. Faded paint so that a motorist not familiar with the area fails to see the speed hump and damages his vehicle.
These speed humps should be maintained on a constant basis with fresh paint and proper warning signs.
The present humps are very severe and one needs to slow down to 20km/h to cross it without damage.
I know of a person who suffered spinal injuries because of this.
I have no problem with the pedestrian humps as they serve a purpose and are not so severe.
There may also be damage to the ozone layer because of vehicles having to slow down and accelerate.
May I suggest we lower the speed limit in suburban areas to 50km/h and provide strict law enforcement by having more traffic police vehicles and motorcycles on the road.
Arterial roads can still be at the 60km/h limit or as indicated by speed limit signs. More use can also be made by installing traffic roundabouts or mini-circles to control speeding vehicles.
Finally, our road markings are in a very poor state. Do we have to wait for the next elections before more road markings are done?
W de Jong