Festive season toll already 200

2006-12-06 23:03
JOhannesburg - More than 200 people have died in road accidents country since the start of the festive season, said the road traffic management corporation at the transport department on Wednesday.

Spokesman Ntau Letebele said 215 people were killed in 189 accidents in just six days.

Of Johannesburg - More than 200 people have died in road accidents country since the start of the festive season, said the road traffic management corporation at the transport department on Wednesday.

Spokesman Ntau Letebele said 215 people were killed in 189 accidents in just six days.

Of the 215 fatalities, 79 were passengers, 74 pedestrians and 62 were drivers.

The highest number of accidents were reported in KwaZulu-Natal with 41 road accidents since December 1.

Gauteng reported 36 accidents, the North West 28, Mpumalanga 25, the Eastern Cape 23, the Western Cape 21, and Limpopo 18, while the Northern Cape reported only five accidents.

Bad driver attitude

"This situation is worrying and requires road users to exercise extreme caution and vigilance at all times," said Letebele.

He said 90% of fatal crashes were attributed to bad driver behaviour and attitude."

Letebele urged motorists to obey traffic rules and to ensure that every person in the vehicle was using a safety belt.

"It is the law to wear a seat belt if there is one on the seat where you are sitting.

"This applies to front and back seat passengers, and drivers, including (those of) taxi and enforcement agencies," he said.

Letebele warned that traffic authorities would increase road blocks and spot checks during the festive season.

There would be more patrol vehicles as well as unmarked vehicles on the roads conducting spot checks, he said. the 215 fatalities, 79 were passengers, 74 pedestrians and 62 were drivers.

The highest number of accidents were reported in KwaZulu-Natal with 41 road accidents since December 1.

Gauteng reported 36 accidents, the North West 28, Mpumalanga 25, the Eastern Cape 23, the Western Cape 21, and Limpopo 18, while the Northern Cape reported only five accidents.

"This situation is worrying and requires road users to exercise extreme caution and vigilance at all times," said Letebele.

"Ninety percent of fatal crashes are attributed to bad driver behaviour and attitude."

Letebele urged motorists to obey traffic rules and to ensure that every person in the vehicle was using a safety belt.

"It is the law to wear a seat belt if there is one on the seat where you are sitting. This applies to front and back seat passengers, and drivers, including [those of] taxi and enforcement agencies," he said.

Letebele warned that traffic authorities would increase road blocks and spot checks during the festive season.

There would be more patrol vehicles as well as unmarked vehicles on the roads conducting spot checks, he said.

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/yr/ks

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