Authorities hold breath over deaths

2013-12-30 00:00

THE number of fatalities on the country’s roads is expected to escalate when Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) update their figures on Tuesday.

But RTMC’s spokesperson Thato Mosena could not be drawn to pre-empt this, saying it would be “inhumane” to do so.

The most recent preliminary weekly festive season road safety report recorded 855 road fatalities and 713 fatal crashes from December 1 to 22.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, Mosena said “855 deaths on the roads are too much. Our wish is get to a point where there is zero percentage,” she said.

• Yesterday morning three people were seriously injured in an accident on the M41 near Umhlanga. According to Netcare 911’s Chris Botha, the vehicle veered off the M41, its crumpled remains coming to rest on an adjacent road.

• At midnight on Saturday, one person died at the Ladysmith R103 in the Roosboom area and seven were injured when two vehicles collided head-on.

• On Saturday, a head-on collision on the N2 north near the Umkomaas off-ramp left a female fighting for her life, while five others sustained serious injuries.

• On Friday, a minibus driver died after he was flung through the vehicle’s window, while 14 people were injured and taken to hospital after a wheel came off at New Guilderland near Stanger.

• Overnight on Friday, RTI officers stopped 232 vehicles on Florida Road and charged 47 motorists for defects on vehicles, while eight were charged with drunken driving.

KZN Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said it seems as if people have no respect for other people using the roads.

Mngomezulu said accidents were mostly caused by human error and on rare occasion by mechanical defects.

Mngomezulu predicted a hike on the number of fatalities when RTMC announces their revised figures.

According to eThekwini municipality, since the beginning of the festive season, 200 motorists have been arrested for various offences and they are planning more road blocks.

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