Keep safe on roads, says Peters

2013-12-23 14:12
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has urged motorists to obey the rules of the road during the festive season as a number of accidents were reported across the country.

"Respect and love other road users, conceding right of way where required, and be calm, restrain your temper and avoid road rage," said the minister in a statement on Monday.

She asked motorists to ensure their vehicles were roadworthy and not overloaded.

Peters said seatbelts must be used especially for young children. Drivers should not drink, speed, illegally overtake and should keep a safe following distance.

Those travelling long distances should also ensure they rest along the way.

The Western Cape transport department released statistics on Monday that recorded one hundred road fatalities in the province since the beginning of the month.

Forty six pedestrians have been killed, along with 20 drivers, 26 passengers, seven motorcyclists and one cyclist.

On Monday, the flow of traffic was steady in most provinces, traffic officials of the Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal said.

Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) spokesperson Thato Mosena said high traffic volumes were moving on major routes out of Gauteng as Christmas drew nearer.

"There are in excess of 2000 vehicles per hour [on highways]," she said.

Fighting for life

There were a number of deadly accidents on the roads at the weekend in the Western Cape, provincial traffic spokesman Jacques Mostert said.

On Sunday, a male pedestrian was knocked down and killed on the N1 between Worcester and Touwsrivier.

On Saturday morning, a husband and wife died when they lost control of their BMW on the N1 towards Paarl. The man died on the scene and the woman died later in hospital. Their teenage daughter was still fighting for her life.

Early on Friday, two cars crashed into an earlier accident scene on the road between Laingsburg and Matjiesfontein.

In the first accident, a head-on collision between two cars resulted in the death of both the drivers, a man and woman.

In the darkness, two other cars then crashed into the scene. One person was seriously injured and taken to hospital.

Limpopo roads and transport spokesperson Jimmy Machaka said five people died on Sunday night in an accident on the R579 in Nebo.

A minibus, which was speeding, collided with a car. Five people died and two were injured.


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