KZN leads with most road deaths

2014-01-16 00:00

THE festive season death toll has risen significantly since last Friday with KwaZulu-Natal still holding the number one spot for the most road deaths.

In a statement released this week, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RMTC) announced the death toll at 1 537, up 161 since an announcement of the season’s preliminary statistics made by the Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters last Thursday. The deaths are a result of 1 281 accidents.

KwaZulu-Natal has recorded 307 fatalities — 49 of which occurred from January 1 to 12. Of the 12 accidents that recorded the highest number of deaths, KwaZulu-Natal held four of these positions.

This include:

• December 1: Accident near Pongola that killed seven people;

• December 21: Accident on the R103 Harrismith Road, near Peacetown left six people dead;

• December 23: Crash on the R56 at the Ixopo turn-off claimed the lives of four people; and,

• January 1: Nine people were killed in an accident on the M20 at Ramsgate.

In her latest statement, Peters said the country spends “huge amounts of money” on emergency and post-crash care services. “The welfare system is placed under serious pressure. We will work closely with all stakeholders including the Road Accident Fund (RAF) to ensure there is a co-ordinated approach to road crashes. The naming and shaming of drunk drivers will be implemented. We are in the process of regulating driving schools to eliminate random and uncontrolled mushrooming of such schools which exacerbate corruption and endanger lives on our roads.”

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