Obey traffic laws over Easter, warns MEC

2014-04-10 16:27
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Bloemfontein - Motorists must obey road traffic laws in the Free State during the coming Easter weekend or face the consequences, Transport MEC Butana Komphela said on Thursday.

"The provincial law enforcement officers will be [out] in full force on all provincial and national roads to make sure motorists adhere to traffic laws and regulations," he said.

Statistics indicated the total cost of road accidents in South Africa was R307bn a year.

About 14 000 people died on the roads each year, about 40 every day.

Komphela said the leading causes of fatal accidents included drivers not keeping a proper lookout, losing control of their vehicles, and overtaking in unsafe conditions.

He warned the most dangerous time of day on the road was between 19:00 and 20:00.

Most fatal accidents occurred on Saturdays and Sundays.

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