Crashes on N3 toll route decrease

2014-04-15 08:32

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Johannesburg - Statistics on the N3 toll route from January to March showed a decrease in accidents and fatalities compared to the same period last year, the N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) said on Tuesday.

Crashes decreased by 18% from 282 in 2013 to 232 in 2014, said N3TC commercial manager Con Roux in a statement.

Accidents where people were injured decreased by 22% from 114 in 2013 to 89 this year.

Fatal crashes decreased by 26% from 23 in 2013 to 17 in 2014.

The number of fatalities had also decreased by 7% from 29 in 2013 to 27 this year.

N3TC is the company responsible for the N3 toll route between Heidelberg in Gauteng and Cedara in KwaZulu Natal.

“We welcome this decline and would like to see the trend continuing. Car crashes remain one of the leading causes of accidental death," said Roux.

"To ultimately make a difference to these statistics every single driver has to take full responsibility for adopting defensive driving techniques, staying alert and in control on the road."

He warned motorists to stay alert and focused on the roads, and exercise caution during the upcoming Easter weekend.

"Carelessness and distractions on the road may cause serious harm," said Roux.

"Distractions may lead to negligent driving and high risk behaviour."
- SAPA

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