An accident waiting

2015-04-30 14:46
Children running across busy streets on their way to and from school requires more traffic enforcement, Salt River ratepayers say.

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Children running across busy streets on their way to and from school requires more traffic enforcement, Salt River ratepayers say. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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Speeding cars and heavy congestion have Salt River parents fearing for the safety of their children.

This as the Salt River Ratepayers’ Association calls for traffic officers to be on duty to help escort pupils across busy roads.

Association chairperson Warda Rahim says pupils are often left to dash through heavy traffic on Albert Road in an attempt to reach the train station. A number of pupils also have to cross Durham Road on their way to and from school, she says.

“This is dangerous for the children as often traffic does not stop at pedestrian crossings,” she says.

A traffic officer used to be assigned to Salt River to help pupils cross Albert Road, but he was reassigned, Rahim says.

Colin Jooste, Dryden Street Primary governing body spokesperson, says pupil safety is a great concern.

“There are a number of pupils who travel from areas such a Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Langa, Gugulethu and Philippi on public transport,” he says. “It’s a genuine concern as there are not always even demarcated ­areas for crossing.”

On Victoria Road, pupils are often left to dodge buses, taxis and cars as they attempt to cross in peak-hour traffic, Jooste says.

And many of the streets around Salt River schools have no traffic-calming measures, he says.

Jooste believes more visable policing would go a long way to slowing down speedsters and keeping pupils safe.

“Just having a traffic car parked in the ­area makes a huge difference,” he says.

He urges for action to be taken.

“We shouldn’t wait until an accident happens before we do something,” he says.

However, Richard Bosman, safety and security executive director, says there is no need for a part-time traffic attendant as there are safe crossings in the area.

“Part-time traffic attendants are employed across the city to assist scholars to cross at busy and dangerous intersections. There are three signalised traffic lights in the area, thus a dedicated officer is not deemed necessary,” he says.

There are currently 135 part-time traffic attendants in the metro and the City has applied to employ more, Bosman says.

“If funds become available, traffic services assesses each application and then employs a part-time traffic attendant based on these merits. Traffic services appeals to pedestrians to exercise caution and to only cross the road at a traffic light and when the pedestrian signal is displayed,” he adds

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