Fewer road deaths in KZN so far

2008-12-26 00:00

IT seems the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport is winning the battle against deaths on the province’s highways, as the number of deaths this year dropped by about 80 from those of last year.

Transport spokeswoman Nonkululeko Mbatha said although she can not explain why the number of deaths have dropped, she believes it is as a result of effective law enforcement in the provincial roads.

“Those who died this year include 28 drivers, 65 passengers and 49 pedestrians,” said Mbatha.

Mbatha also linked the decrease of deaths to many drivers complying with the authorities.

“Another thing is that most deadly accidents involved public transport, which is why we still have this number of deaths. To us, one death is too many,” said Mbatha.

Mbatha said the department had counted 1 235 of vehicles passing Mariannhill Toll Plaza and 680 at the Mooi River early yesterday.

She said the number is expected to swell as more motorists are expected to come into the province to celebrate the New Year.

Mbatha also said that there was a traffic jam in Hazelmere Dam in Durban, as jazz fans gathered in number to enjoy the annual jazz festival yesterday. But she said police were handling it “very well”.

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