PLACARDS and white crosses emblazoned with the words “speed kills” and “drive like your kids live here” are stuck on trees and into the ground along a stretch of road on Sparks Road in Overport which is notorious for street racing and speeding.
The residents who put up the placards and crosses had reached breaking point after a child was recently knocked down by a speeding motorist.
The chairperson of the community policing forum, Satish Dhupelia, said street racing and motorists driving at excessive speeds were an ongoing problem.
“From 11pm to 2pm from Friday until Saturday, we hear cars racing up and down the road. There are no spectators just racers. When we call Metro, the racers drive off and are hard to catch,” he said.
Dhupelia has attempted to photograph the illegal racers or take down the vehicle registration numbers but this posed a challenge.
“Despite using a flash, it’s still too dark and I cannot see the number plate. At the speed they are driving, it is almost impossible to write the number plate down.”
Dhupelia, a resident in the area for about 16 years, said there have been a number of accidents on the road.
“About five residents have had vehicles crash onto their properties, in the process destroying their fences.
“We have asked the city to add speed humps as a deterrent but were told it could not be done as this was a main road.”
In February, during the early hours of the morning, resident Darren Ward, 33, and his mother, Collette, were woken by the sound of a vehicle crashing into their concrete wall.
“I jumped out of bed, ran outside and saw three youngsters in a car in my yard. The passenger died and the other two were seriously injured. Racing and speeding on Sparks Road is a problem. We have had accidents where modified cars were found wrapped around trees. If you are coming home late at night, it is totally unsafe to drive here.”
Resident Darren Ward is concerned about the community’s safety.
The chairman of the Community Policing Forum, Satish Dhupelia, points at a placard warning motorists against speeding.