Easter road carnage not as bad as last year – traffic authorities

2015-04-03 14:29

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Johannesburg - Motorists seem to be behaving better on the roads this Easter because fewer people have died in accidents on the eve of the long weekend compared with the same period last year.

“A total of 40 people had died on March 31 and April 1, according to information processed by the Road Traffic Information Corporation,” said Road Traffic Management Corporation spokesperson Simon Zwane today.

“This is 10% less when compared with the 44 people who died during the same period last year.”

Despite the drop, there was a 100% increase in fatal crashes in Gauteng: from four last year to eight this year.

KwaZulu-Natal had the most fatal accidents – 10 so far, Zwane said.

There was a drop in the number of accidents in Limpopo, from seven in 2014 to two this year.

In Mpumalanga, 302 vehicles were impounded for operating without valid licences.

Two motorists had been arrested for excessive speeding on the N1 highway in the Free State, Zwane said.

On the highway near Winburg a motorist was arrested for driving 186km/h in a 120km zone and another caught near Kroonstad doing 181km/h.

“The Road Traffic Management Corporation reiterates that motorists should reduce their speed and obey all the rules of road.

“The roads are still busy and travellers are urged to plan their journeys carefully and avoid travelling at night,” Zwane said.

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