KZN: road death toll 88

2009-12-21 00:00

EIGHTY-EIGHT people have died on KZN roads since December 1. They were killed in 59 crashes, the Transport Department said yesterday.

While the department says the death toll is lower than that in the same period last year, MEC Willies Mchunu believes most of these accidents were avoidable.

He said it is extremely worrying that a person will drive recklessly and in the process “murder” people, only to go to court to be slapped with a fine and have the whole process repeat itself.

At the weekend, four people died and six were critically injured in a taxi accident on the R66 in Mthonjaneni between Melmoth and Ulundi.

It is believed that a taxi travelling from Durban to Nongoma collided with a truck. The road was closed for three hours while officials tried to clear the scene.

Pull-out

Traffic has started picking up in the province.

Traffic volumes at toll plazas between 11am and 12 yesterday indicated that 1 267 cars went through the Mariannhill Toll Plaza’s Northbound carriageway and 873 cars passed through on the Southbound carriageway.

The Mooi River Toll recorded 901 on the Northbound carriageway and 987 on the Southbound Carriageway.

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