I must extend a huge Thumbs Up to Jo’burg Metro.
Today I drove through kilometers of roadworks where the road had been reduced to a single lane, and the miles and miles of backed up traffic was directed through several traffic lights that weren’t working, causing the traffic to slow even further.
Where were Jo’burg Metro? Setting up a roadblock about a hundred metres from where the traffic eventually flowed freely, on the opposite side of the road, to inspect people’s license discs and drivers licenses. Of course they stopped the 99% of law abiding road users in the hopes of catching the 1% of offenders who probably just forgot to check their licenses of discs.
If Jo’burg Metro had been on the roads between the hours of 6am and 9am they would have been able to stop some real offenders in the form of taxi drivers who shoot red robots both before they change green and after, drive on anything that resembles a hard surface including (but not limited to) yellow lines, grass, islands inbetween lanes, sidewalks – but of course that would be like shooting fish in a barrel. Our JMPD prefer a challenge.
On the way home this evening, I sat for about 10 minutes getting through the intersection of Sandton Drive and William Nicol, where the lights were out and there were four lanes of backed up traffic in each of eight different directions, but not a single JMPD pointsman in sight. They were, of course, setting up a road block to check the 99% of law abiding road users about a kilometer up the road on William Nicol northbound.
So comforting to know that JMPD are keeping law and order on the roads.