Arrive Alive gets off to fatal start

2011-12-03 14:38

The Eastern Cape department of roads and transport’s Arrive Alive campaign started off on a bad note today as three people lost their lives on the province’s roads this morning.

The three died when two cars collided, head on, on the notorious N2 stretch of road, authorities reported.

This comes just a day after transport MEC Thandiswa Marawu launched her department’s campaign.

Department spokesperson Ncedo Kumbaca said the accident happened between Dutywa and Butterworth at about 9.15am.

“What we know is that a Toyota Cressida collided head on with a Fiat light motor vehicle, resulting in three fatalities and seven serious injuries. The victims have been take to Butterworth Hospital,” he said.

Details of what actually caused the accident were not immediately available, he said.

In her speech during the launch, held at the Mthatha Civic Centre yesterday, Marawu said the N2 was one of three roads, along with the N6 and R61, that provincial traffic officers would pay special attention to. She also said 619 officers would patrol and conduct roadblocks throughout the province’s roads.

“In the recent past, the Eastern Cape province has been marred by a number of serious road accidents, which made me concerned about the possibility of an increase in these accidents during the 2011/12 festive season.

“We will intensify Operation Asihleki, which is our provincial campaign that contributes to the implementation of the national rolling enforcement plan. Through this plan, the Eastern Cape law enforcement agencies are expected to stop and screen 85 000 vehicles a month.

“Each officer is expected to stop and check a minimum of 15 vehicles per eight-hour shift,” said Marawu.

The department would also call on religious leaders and traditional healers for intervention, she told the gathering.

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