Speeding concerns on school roads

2017-03-21 06:03
The accident in which 17 children were injured on their way to school.Photo: Steven King

The accident in which 17 children were injured on their way to school.Photo: Steven King

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CONCERNED parents from schools along Fischer and Ngwele roads have demanded that the Department of Transport (DoT) or the municipality erect speed humps on them as it is becoming increasingly dangerous for pupils who use them every day.

According to parents, motorists do not adhere to the speed limit. The latest­ accident on Fischer Road occurred last week where a minibus, transporting 17 pupils, was involved in a collision.

Founder of SA Community Crime Watch, Steven­ King, said the taxi driver lost control of his vehicle on the wet road and collided with a car.
“Luckily none of the children were seriously injured, however, this is not the first time an accident has occurred on this road and it is time the DoT takes our pleas seriously,” he said.

He said Fisher and Ngwele roads are treated as “speed tracks” by many motorists and with the ongoing development­ of the school in progress, there are going to be more incidents.

“Prevention is better than cure so we ask that these issues get tackled immediately before it’s too late,” said King.

Anita Harding said this accident is the last straw.
“Our children’s lives are being put at risk every day when travelling to and from school and we cannot sit back and do nothing.

“The authorities need to install speed humps before a fatality occurs.”

A spokesperson from the iThemba Campus also appealed for speed calming measures on the roads.

“Applications have been sent over the past seven years from Waterfall College and Focus on iThemba to the municipality and the Department of Transport to assist with building speed bumps on Ngwele Road, as well as to assist with further safety measures near the school.

“We did an extensive report on Ngwele Road in 2015, following a tragic accident outside our campus, and this was sent to the municipality and the Department of Transport.
“We also recently appealed to the municipality and Department of Transport to assist with speed bumps outside the school as it is general practice to build speed bumps outside a school – these requests are still pending,” said the spokesperson.

“Speed bumps will assist in slowing down traffic and heavy-duty trucks from industrial parks along Ngwele Road, especially outside schools to insure the safety of pupils, parents, and staff on campus,” said the spokesperson.

Gugu Sisilana, spokesperson of eThekwini Municipality said both roads in question belong to the KZN Department of Transport and the municipality cannot comment on the lack of speed humps on them.

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport had not commented at the time of going to press.




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