Ekurhuleni Roads fatal festive season

2015-01-03 22:16

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Johannesburg -A total of 22 people have died on Ekurhuleni Roads over the holiday period, the area's metro police department said on Saturday.

"The people who died included eight pedestrians, three motor cyclists, seven drivers and four passengers," said EMPD spokesperson Chief Supt Wilfred Kgasago said in a statement.

"The eight pedestrians included a seven year girl ran over in Tembisa and a female passenger who died on the N3 southbound near Leondale after allegedly alighting her vehicle to attend to the call of nature."

He said the figures were for the period of 1 December to New Years Day.

Kgasago also said that 211 people had been arrested for drunken driving, including a driver responsible for one of the deaths of a pedestrian.

A total of 130 people were arrested for speeding, including one BMW driver who was caught doing 213km/h on the R21 in Olifantsfontein.

A further 77 arrests were made in connection with various other crimes including the possession of hijacked vehicles and drug dealing.

"[Also arrested was] a drunk metro police impostor in full uniform soliciting bribes from motorists in Katlehong."

On 30 December, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters announced that 1 143 people died in 924 crashes across the country, during the festive season up to 28 December.

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