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2015-07-23 06:00

MOTOR vehicle accidents on the lower South Coast have escalated in the past month, leaving emergency medical services, SAPS, traffic officers and the community extremely worried.

This week alone saw three people die in Shelly Beach on the freeway.

A pedestrian also lost his life in an accident in Uvongo on Monday morning. Last week, holidaymakers died in an accident on the N2 near Umtentweni.

Several people also sustained serious injuries in these accidents.

EMS and SAPS say that although these accidents are not always avoidable, there are precautionary measures that can be taken by drivers and passengers, which in many instances, are ignored.

“Although the wearing or not wearing of seat belts is not the cause of accidents, it certainly is a contributing factor where people are killed or seriously injured,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid.

“We often find small children and babies are not in car seats or proper restraints, which is sheer negligence,” she said.

“Some drivers show a total disrespect for law-abiding road users, and are arrogant,” she said.

Margate SAPS spokesperson, Captain Gerald Mfeka, reiterated Wiid’s comment.

He said motorists also don’t take breaks when travelling long distances. Many motorists also drive under the influence of alcohol

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