Mpumalanga road deaths drop 16.5%

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Mbombela - Fewer road accidents and deaths were recorded in Mpumalanga in December 2013 compared to the previous year.

The province recorded 567 accidents and 109 deaths, compared to 591 accidents and 130 deaths in December 2012, community safety department spokesperson Joseph Mabuza told a Sapa correspondent.

"The reduction of road crashes and fatalities... during December last year was caused by increasing law enforcement visibility," he said.

Deaths were down by 16.5% and accidents by 4.06%. However, the number of serious injuries increased by 12.14%, from 376 in December 2012 to 428. Minor injuries dropped from 660 in December 2012 to 649.

'Problematic' roads

Mabuza said the N4, R40, N11, R573, R33, D797, N3, and N12 remained the "problematic" roads in the province.

Most deaths and accidents occurred in the Nkangala region on the Highveld, where 47 people were killed in 212 crashes.

This was followed by the Ehlanzeni region in the Lowveld, where 203 crashes and 35 deaths were recorded.

The Gert Sibande region in the southern Highveld recorded 154 accidents in which 27 people died.

MEC Vusi Shongwe said the figures remained too high and road users needed to prioritise road safety at all times.

"Tough measures should be taken against those who violate traffic regulations in order to deter future transgressors," said Shongwe.

Motorists needed to take driving seriously and ensure that they were vigilant at all times while on the road.

"We need to reduce crashes and save lives. We must play our part in making our roads safer as most accidents are attributable to human error," Shongwe said.

Over 200 000 vehicles stopped

Meanwhile, between 1 and 31 December, Mpumalanga traffic authorities stopped 202 122 vehicles, which included 20 163 minibus taxis, 3 764 sport utility vehicles (SUVs), 44 610 bakkies, 5 447 sedans, and 2 435 buses, among others.

These operations led to 1 518 people being served with written notices for dangerous overtaking, while 14 075 motorists were fined for speeding.

A further 3 193 fines were issued for faulty tyres, while 2 132 cases of motorists driving without safety belts were also reported.

More than 1 000 vehicles had faulty lights and 1 182 were taken off the road as they were deemed dangerously unroadworthy, while 1 757 vehicles were impounded.

Only 102 motorists were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, excessive speeding, overloading, driving without valid licenses, and producing false documentation, among others.

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