Since 2009, a number of residents and local Sai Kung groups, have been petitioning the Transport Department and the Hong Kong Police Department, to install speed reduction measures on both Tai Mong Tsai Road and Sai Sha Road, Sai Kung.
Thus far (10 years later) some of the poor excuses for inaction have included…
- Not enough resources to tackle the problem
- No evidence of speed at accidents so therefore ‘no problem’ (if they put fixed cameras on the roads, there would be plenty of evidence speed is an issue on both roads). Accidents also usually noted as ‘driver lost control’ ignoring whether speed was indeed a factor.
- Speed bumps would cause noise nuisance and cause damage to private property if hit at speed
- Speed bumps would hinder emergency vehicles
- Rumble strips can only be used in certain circumstances (no lateral thinking to perhaps see their value and applicability for speed reduction, and that they are commonly used worldwide as such).
Currently, there is NO speed limit signage, NO fixed cameras and little enforcement of existing speed, vehicle and driving legislation on both roads. Drivers, both ‘professional’ (taxis, minibuses, KMB buses) and private cars, are frequently observed travelling the roads well above the current 50km/hr speed limit.
With continued development and the popularity Sai Kung as a weekend destination, many visiting drivers are unaware of the speed limits or the road conditions (rural road, with numerous blind corners and sections with poor line of sight).
Weekly, there are accidents on both roads, some major. High speed driving and both roads used seemingly as a public race track, can be confirmed by residents over many years. Pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists are at continued risk, from those who drive both roads without due care and consideration. The daily carnage of wild animals also hit and killed by vehicles is immense.
Many residents of Sai Kung have had enough and question whether it will take further human injury (and even death) before anything is done?
We strongly urge:
1. All relevant departments (Transport Department, Highways Department and HK Police) to install speed reduction measures on Tai Mong Tsai Road and Sai Sha Road, Sai Kung.
2. Fixed Cameras be installed on both roads.
3. The HK Police Department to conduct more enforcement activities on both roads specific to speeding, drink driving and driver safety (mobile phone use, seatbelts, vehicle capacity, vehicle condition and illegal modification of vehicles).
4. The Highways Department to erect speed limit signage on both roads and improve painted road signage in regards to speed.