We would like to share a road rage incident in Durban reported earlier today to the Arrive Alive road safety website:
Reported Incident: “ALL DRIVERS ALERT At about 07:40am this morning I being alone in my Toyota Tazz going to work was stationary at the robot intersection between Ethelbert Road and Main Road. I was the second car from the front awaiting the robot to change in order to proceed when suddenly a White Opel Astra with registration no. ND246581 approached from the left lane trying to intersect onto the right in front of me.
He was directly in violation as he was crossing over a solid white barrier line and furthermore, there was not enough space for him to come onto the right lane. I eventually ignored his intentions and proceeded when the robot changed green when i noticed the same car approaching with great speed towards me and it was obvious that the driver was angry since he was continuously swearing at me. His driver side window was continuously open during the whole ordeal. I kept my window up at all times. He eventually came in front of me and blocked me off and jumped off his vehicle and started spitting on my front windscreen and still continuously swearing at me. I remained calm and managed to steer my vehicle onto the right lane and proceeded without any retaliation.
I continued on the right lane and eventually had to follow traffic once again. It was peak hour traffic and i was stationary once again. The driver still on the left and still persistent eventually opened his door and got off and booted my passenger side door and as he was approaching me around the front of my vehicle he further booted my bonnet. I identified the driver as a Black male who was well built and medium in complexion. I started to panic and managed to take off as the traffic started to move again. The driver still persistent continued to chase after me and tried to forcefully push me off onto the oncoming traffic.
We eventually approached the Bellville bridge robot intersection where I managed to take out my cellphone and dialled the MTN emergency number 112 and i noticed that the driver was now making a third attempt to get off his vehicle to approach me and while trying to escape in my panic stage, i reversed into a taxi however simultaneously to this the police were passing by and stopped at the scene by which time the driver had already escaped. It should be noted that at all times there was a female present in the other vehicle who if honest to herself will be able to validate the contents of the above which has already become a permanent scar upon my life.
If anybody has any information or maybe you have personally witnessed this incident, i humbly ask your assistance by coming forward so that people like this can be dealt with the full face of the law.
I hope you will do the right thing and respond to my call as i need your assistance…”
[The Arrive Alive website referrred this to the National Traffic Call Centre and Enforcement at the RTMC]
A witness has come forward. I would appreciate some advice.