Deadly Easter weekend for KZN travellers

2014-04-23 16:13
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Durban – The Easter weekend proved to be a deadly one for KZN, as a total of 39 road accidents with 49 fatalities were recorded across the province.  

In a statement released by the Department of Transport, Minister Dipuo Peters said that the Road Traffic Management Council (RTMC) recorded a total of 148 accidents across the country, which resulted in 193 fatalities nationwide.

Starting on Thursday 17 April at midnight and ending on Monday 21 April at midnight, the following figures were captured by province:

Eastern Cape – 19 accidents, 36 fatalities
Free State – 9 accidents, 15 fatalities
Gauteng – 22 accidents, 23 fatalities
KZN – 39 accidents, 49 fatalities
Limpopo – 23 accidents, 30 fatalities
Mpumalanga – 18 accidents, 19 fatalities
Northern Cape – 5 accidents, 6 fatalities
North-West – 7 accidents, 7 fatalities
Western Cape – 6 accidents, 8 fatalities

She compared this year’s stats to the previous years stating that: “In 2012 we recorded 181 crashes which resulted in 217 fatalities and in 2013 we recorded 201 crashes which resulted in 241 fatalities. This therefore means we have made headway in reducing the number of crashes in general and fatalities in particular.”  

Peters added that while it is no cause for celebration, it is an encouraging improvement.  

“The decline in both crashes and fatalities recorded is an indication that we are making progress in achieving the 2020 global target of halving road fatalities,” she said.  

She attributed the decline in fatal accidents to the increased number of law enforcement officers and improved visibility on our roads, especially on national roads.

Among other actions, 106 roadblocks were held and 283 323 vehicles stopped and checked, 330 motorists were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and another 10 were arrested for dangerous/negligent driving.

Were you on the roads this past weekend? What was your impression of traffic flow and law enforcement? Tell us in the comment section below. 
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