19 road deaths at start of Easter

2011-04-23 07:51

Johannesburg - Paramedics reported that at least 19 people died on South Africa's roads since the start of the Easter holidays on Friday.

In an accident on the N4 near Ngodwana in Mpumalanga 11 people died when two minibus taxis collided head-on on Friday morning just after midnight.

In the Eastern Cape a two-month-old baby and man died in a head-on collision outside Uitenhage in the early hours of Friday morning.

A 23-year-old man died in an accident at around 06:30 outside Butterworth in the Eastern Cape.

In Gauteng one person died and eight others were injured on the province's R82 road near Walkerville, when a taxi collided head-on with a bakkie at 07:00.

Another man died when a taxi and a car collided head-on, along Moloto Road in Pretoria.

Two men died when the bakkie they were travelling in crashed into a tree in Willowmore, Johannesburg on Friday at 19:00.

And in the Free State a 13-year-old boy was killed in a collision on the N3 near Warden, while his parents sustained minor injuries.

Acting chief executive officer of the Road Traffic Management Corporation, Collins Letsoalo, said on Tuesday authorities would be stationed along the major routes and identified hazardous locations to ensure that traffic rules and regulation were obeyed.

"This on-going, hard hitting traffic enforcement is part of the clean-up for Easter and beyond. We want to make sure that people understand that road safety begins with the road user. We cannot continue to accept that people waiting to board public transport have a 50-50% chance of arriving safely."

He urged motorists to take regular breaks and make the journey part of the holiday.

  • americist___ - 2011-04-23 08:15

    R.I.P., SA drivers are ignorant, arrogant and lack basic concepts of velocity, acceleration, math, and comprehension

      Reality - 2011-04-23 08:33

      Not all! Those who are good (majority) are very good,and those who are bad are very very bad. Lack all of those things you mention and in addition, common courtesy towards others. Are deluded into thinking they owne the road, and probably treat their families in the same manner at home and elsewhere. Just nasty toxic individuals.

  • ? - 2011-04-23 08:56

    With people dying on our roads is a sad thing,kids are affected when parents die,but sadly one man's misery is another man's pay cheque,so lets hope i can have a career change now with new vacancies soon to appear after the easter weekend.

  • thabiedm - 2011-04-23 09:31

    The ignorance of the sciences involved has nothing to do with your hand-eye co-ordination and how well you can apply proper caution to the road. The one common denominator in this story are the taxis and I would imagine that if you were to perhaps throw in unroadworthy vehicles, intoxicated drivers, and total disregard to the signs on the side of the road telling them to slow down. Even outside of the festive season the stories of accidents in kzn where taxis are involved are many. Something needs to be done, more visual policing maybe where drivers are forced to obey the law. Putting up a camera or hiding behind a bush is not going to slow me down, just make the speeders very broke.

  • Compassion - 2011-04-23 09:48

    Accidents happen because people are careless and have no respect for each other or the law. Rather 1hr late than never arriving at you destination.

  • Wes - 2011-04-23 15:38

    19 people killed 13 killed in 4 taxis. 6 killed other vehicles

  • kidblack - 2011-04-23 18:04

    This is natural selection at work. Condolences to those affected by this.

  • Patricia - 2011-04-23 18:44

    I just wish more road users had not bought their licences, I really believe that if the licencing Centres were better managed our road death tolls would come down

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