THE hindrance to smooth driving in Subang Jaya is more than just a bump on the road.
Though it is an inconvenient necessity for traffic safety, more illegally made and irregularly placed speed breakers have mushroomed throughout the township.
Installation of such speed humps has also become more prevalent with the booming trend of gated-and- guarded residential areas.
Security guards have been caught fixing their own speed bumps at designated entrances to halt oncoming cars for security checks before entering the premises.
The concept of applying a speed breaker is also known as “traffic calming,” however, its effectiveness in calming traffic is altogether subjective.
Despite its purpose of safety, USJ 11 resident of 20 years Kamariah Hashim is of the opinion that ad hoc speed bumps cause more harm than harmony.
“In the lane right outside my house, I counted nine small and sharp speed breakers that have been created to slow down cars.
“These bumps damaged my car tyres and the undercarriage of my relative’s car.
“I have to spend RM75 every two months to fix my car alignment,” she complained.
This situation is made worse as poorly constructed speed breakers erode over time and under pressure from heavy vehicles, resulting in potholes.
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