City enjoys ‘pretty quiet’ New Year

2014-01-02 00:00

A ROLLICKING New Year’s Eve accompanied by a crescendo of fireworks was enjoyed by many Maritzburgers on Tuesday without any major disasters being reported.

Emergency services yesterday reported that 2013 ended on a “pretty quiet” note, marred only by fights involving some stabbings, assaults and the occasional gunshot injury.

Unusually, there were no reports of any injuries caused by fireworks in the capital city.

“There were tons of people seeing in the New Year at Midmar, Albert Falls and places like Golden Horse Casino and lots of noisy fireworks. But luckily, most people behaved themselves whilst they were having fun,” a paramedic said.

It was also an accident-free night on the roads in and around the capital.

Yesterday morning, seven people were injured in a three car collision on the R103 near Cato Ridge, and four others were hurt when a taxi overturned near the Lion Park.

Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said traffic counts revealed few travellers were on the road over New Year.

A traffic count on the N3 on December 31 showed an average of 389 vehicles per hour moving south and 462 north.

Similar figures were recorded yesterday, she said. “It is very quiet and everyone seemed to be behaving well, which is good news,” she added.

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