Lack of speed bumps a concern

2018-06-13 06:02
The car that crashed through a brick fence in Montshiwa Road, Galeshewe, and landed on the stoep of a house. The driver is being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.Photo: Supplied

The car that crashed through a brick fence in Montshiwa Road, Galeshewe, and landed on the stoep of a house. The driver is being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.Photo: Supplied

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The need for more speed bumps was emphasised by residents of Montshiwa Road in Galeshewe this weekend after a car had crashed through the fence of a house, coming to a stop on the stoep.

Motlalepule Namate, who stays in the house, was left shocked after realising they had escaped death in the early hours of Sunday (10/06).

The residents of the house were woken by a loud noise, which left their four-roomed house vibrating, when a car crashed through their brick fence and landed up on their stoep.

“I was the first one to jump out of bed and run to peep out of the window, only to be greeted by the car lights and the man sitting inside the car, right at the front door,” said Namate.

According to her, the thought of losing her 12-year-old son flashed through her mind, as he is the one who was sleeping behind the wall where the car had stopped.

“He was just sitting there in the car and did not even attempt to speak to us or get out of the car. The police assisted him to ge out and he could barely walk,” said Namate.

She said the incident reminded her of how someone had died in a car crash just a stone’s throw from her house in December 2017.

The family revealed their vulnerability of staying on the main road, on which cars speed freely. One resident from accross the street raised concerns that their safety was compromised by the busy chesa nyama establishment at the end of the street, where the intoxicated drivers drive from.

“Only one speed bump was installed in front of the primary school late last year. You should see how the taxis and cars accelerate after the crossing with that bump, because they know the four-way stop is further on,” said Namate.

“We do not even know what to do anymore. This happens, even when you have erected a fence to protect yourself. It might even have happened during the day.”

According to Sgt Majang Skalkie, police spokes­person, no injuries were reported on the scene.

The Galeshewe Police opened a case of driving under the influence of alcohol after the 31-year-old suspect had been taken into custody.

The suspect has not yet appeared in court, as the results of blood testing are still being awaited.

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