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‘Traffic cops forced to babysit irresponsible adults’

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Despite Long Street/Schmidtsdrift Road being a long stretch of road, it remained a 60km/* zone until the circle at the Douglas crossing

HEAD-ON: Two Golf GTIs (one white and one blue) were involved in a head-on collision in Schmidtsdrift Road on Saturday evening. Picture: Soraya Crowie

THE SOL Plaatje Municipality has reacted to the outrage expressed by city residents following the massive motor vehicle accident in Schmidtsdrift Road on the weekend.

Kimberley residents called on the authorities to intervene following the accident which occurred next to the Engen garage at around 10.30pm on Saturday night, when two Golf GTIs (one white and one blue) were involved in a head-on collision.

Municipal spokesperson Sello Matsie pointed out yesterday that Schmidtsdrift Road, which is one of the longest stretches of road in the city, was notorious for speeding, despite the fact that policing by traffic officials was done on a regular basis.

“You can have a speed trap here and motorists will slow down, and then as soon as they have passed the camera they will speed up again. The answer is not more trapping but greater responsibility by motorists for their driving,” said Matsie

He added that the municipality’s traffic department had been placed in the unenviable position where officers, who could be doing visible policing, were forced to “babysit” irresponsible adults over the weekends.

“We are forced to put six or seven officers in each of the various ‘hot spots’ in Kimberley, like at the Oppenheimer Gardens and Phakamile Mabija Street, on Friday and Saturday nights to babysit grown-ups who need to party in the street and drink from their cars. It is extremely frustrating as these officers could, instead of babysitting, be put to more effective use in ensuring that traffic regulations are adhered to by motorists.”

Matsie added that despite Long Street/Schmidtsdrift Road being a long stretch of road, it remained a 60km/* zone until the circle at the Douglas crossing.

According to Matsie, many of the serious accidents on the city’s roads happened after 8pm at night, and especially in the early hours of the morning, and also often involved speeding.

He urged motorists to take responsibility once they got behind the steering wheel.

Matsie pointed out further that negligent driving which resulted in an accident was a criminal offence.