Concern over growing rock-throwing trend

Local Facebook groups are urging caution to motorists travelling around the city and to Durban after increasing incidents of rock-throwing on freeways have been reported recently.

The Montrose & surrounds Community Watch PMB Facebook group has urged motorists to be extra vigilant when approaching flyovers or brides.

“Use evasive driving techniques where possible, and perhaps a flash or high beams as a safety measure,” states a post by the group over the weekend.

On Saturday night, a man in his twenties was injured when a rock thrown from a bridge hit his car on the N2 between Ballito and Tongaat. The rock was found on the passenger seat and was taken for DNA testing in order to apprehend the culprit.

Last month, two Gauteng siblings were killed after a boulder was thrown from an overhead bridge also on the N2 between Ballito and Tongaat.

The Montrose & surrounds Community Watch PMB Facebook group has also identified Mattison Hill/Copesville as an area of concern, stating that cars have had numerous different objects thrown at them here.

Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) spokesperson, Zinhle Mngomezulu, said the units have been deployed to “hotspots” for any possible incidents to occur. Mngomezulu encouraged motorists to be vigilant when travelling on highways and under bridges.

“It is a worrisome trend, specifically during this holiday period where motorists still use the roads regularly. But urge those travelling on roads to be vigilant,” she said.

Police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbhele, also warned motorists to be extra cautious when driving under bridges and stated that, “Police have been patrolling in these areas but no one has been identified yet. We urge anyone with any information about these incidents to report it to the police.”

Maritzburg Sun Reporter

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