Easter road death toll tops 150

2011-04-26 09:26

Johannesburg - At least 151 people died in road accidents over the Easter weekend, according to preliminary figures released by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) on Tuesday.

"We are currently busy crunching the numbers... at this point in time we will sit with the number of 151 until we get the full reports from the various police stations around the country," RTMC spokesperson Ashraf Ismail told SABC radio news.

One of the biggest accidents was on the road between Rouxville and Smithfield in the Free State, where eight people, including five children, were killed on Monday morning.

In the North West, five people were killed in different car crashes.

Four were killed in a head-on collision on Sunday around 22:30 between Odi Hospital and Klipgat after the driver of a Ford Meteor drove into oncoming traffic, leading to the head-on collision with an ambulance.

In the second accident, the driver of a VW Polo was killed when his vehicle collided head-on with a VW Golf outside Vryburg on Thursday night.

The driver who was killed was allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road when the collision happened.

On Friday, 11 people died on the N4 near Ngodwana in Mpumalanga when two minibus taxis collided head-on just after midnight.

High traffic volumes

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 minibus taxi collided head-on with a bakkie at 07:00.

Another man died when a minibus 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.

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

The Department of Transport said high traffic volumes were anticipated across the country, particularly the N1 South from Polokwane to Pretoria, the N4 West from Nelspruit to Pretoria as well as the N3 from Durban to Johannesburg.

Roads were also expected to be busy on Wednesday, April 27 as well as during the coming long week-end, 29 April to 2 May, due to Freedom Day and Workers Day.

  • MactheKnife - 2011-04-26 09:35

    Shoo! it was really chaos on Friday coming into Durban. But weather was great for the visitors

  • - 2011-04-26 09:41

    Most of these accidents appear to have been head on collisions which means one of the drivers was on the wrong side of the road. Don't be a dumb ass and over take when you cannot see what's coming from the other side

  • Father-Time - 2011-04-26 09:46

    Too many drunks and bought licenses on the road.

  • Kaz - 2011-04-26 09:58

    What gets me with these figures they concentrate so hard on over the festive season is that it's no different from the rest of the year. People die on a daily basis on our roads, yet it's only highlighted during the festive seasons, stupid really.

      SaintBruce - 2011-04-26 10:19

      You make a good point. The figures need to be quoted per 100 000 km travelled to get perspective. It is most likely that the holiday figure is lower than the daily average outside of the peak season mainly due to holiday density lowering the net speed. 150 is still too high a death toll ( besides critical and life long injuries) and many countries would be appalled at even 10 deaths over a similar period. South Africa just does not pay enough attention to road safety and proper driver training or even correct road use law enforcement. The big moan is the cost of the accidents and deaths to the economy but the government won't spend anywhere near that money on prevention! Madness. - 2011-04-26 10:56

      150 dead in 4 days. In another situation that would have qualified as genocide. - 2011-04-26 10:58

      To take it further and without having checked official figures, I'm sure more people die on our roads anualy than than the total deaths in the Iraqi war

      SpeedFan - 2011-04-26 12:11

      @Kaz you raise a very good point!! That has been bugging me for years now! How many more people than "normal" are being killed over the festive seasons?? They need to give proper figures. They need to take into consideration how many more cars are on the road etc etc. Then they can give proper figures.

  • Gorilla - 2011-04-26 10:31

    "crunching the numbers" - what a thoughtless pun.

      Benzo - 2011-04-26 11:19

      Would the crunched numbers include the crunched bodies who die a week or two later..or are they not traffic victims any longer?? Costs to the economy?? The permanently damaged bodies who stay alive, are more "costly to the economy" than the dead. These stats and official comments make indeed for cynical reading!!

  • Marcell - 2011-04-26 11:31

    A total of 1,368 people died in 2010 on Australian roads.

      em_oh! - 2011-04-26 16:57

      Saw earlier today total deaths in the whole of Oz for Easter weekend was 20...confirmed. SA already 151....UNconfirmed. Sick!!

  • Ink Muncher - 2011-04-26 12:25

    Is this better or worse than Easter 2010?

  • Tankertugger - 2011-04-26 14:10

    Poor signage - deteriorating road markings - pot holes - questionable driver training - license status - speed - vehicle condition - driver fatigue - weather conditions are major contributors to SA's high number of RTA's. Ashraf Ismail that's where your lot need to start "number crunching" to reduce the unacceptable stats that SA is world famous for.

  • Matt - 2011-04-26 15:33

    The police promote road safety, claim zero-tolerance enforcement, but in reality they hide behind bushes and fine people. How does this promote road safety? More like PC Plod trying to score a better bonus for himself. If we need cameras and roadblocks, make them clearly visible so that people WILL stop. Hiding behind bushes and cheering "yay, another R500 for us" won't stop the offender speeding, least of all stopping him from crashing. But hey, we SAs need to drive better! When I drove to Durban in February, I was constantly being "flashed" to get off the fast lane, I had idiots slamming their brakes in front of me, gesturing at me - my only crime was to drive 120km/h in the fast lane with a 120km/h limit. Shoot me!

      tryanything - 2011-04-27 08:53

      Forget it Matt speed traps are here to stay until they become unprofitable. Much easier to spread your 1m wide fat backside on a chair behind a camera on Jan Smuts avenue than watch the next intersection for Red Light jumpers. The rot is at the top. Speed traps must make no money then they have to look for other revenue.... I cannot wait for aarto to be implemented it wont work in South Africa. A culture of littering has to be culled first.

      tryanything - 2011-04-27 09:02

      Let the turkeys speeding in the fast lane go. These speeders will get caught by Fat Backsides and then will wind up in the unenvienable torture of dealing with aarto.Paying a fine is the easy way out. Dealing with aarto is agony.(If the authorities can find which cardboard box you and your taxi sleep in)

  • Hetha - 2011-04-27 12:07

    It is insanity to publish these figures as the "easter road death toll". Half of the country is still away on their "easter holidays" and will only be returning on 1 or 2 May.

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