Easter road deaths halved

2009-04-13 00:00

IT appears the “Just Do Right” campaign by the KZN Transport Department worked as there have been fewer accidents and fatalities in KwaZulu-Natal this Easter.

KZN Transport spokeswoman Nonkululeko Mbatha said the decrease in accidents and fatal crashes is significant in comparison to figures this time last year.

By yesterday, the death toll was at 21 compared to 44 last year.

Three people died in an accident involving a taxi and van on the R56 near Ixopo yesterday.

One of the vehicles was trying to overtake when it was not safe to do so, causing a head-on collision.

“It appears that the van was carrying six people. The three deceased were travelling in the van.

There were a total of five critical injuries, three from the van and two from the taxi.”

Mbatha said the highest traffic volumes this Easter weekend were 2 000 vehicles per hour both on the N3 and N2 between Thursday and Friday morning.

In other accidents, eight people were seriously injured when a truck collided with the bakkie they were travelling in at the Edwin Swales Drive and Recreation Road intersection in Durban.

Paramedics reported treating a driver who landed his vehicle inside a garden in Durban.

It is believed that the Toyota Yaris was travelling along Rippen Road towards Randless when the driver lost control on a corner and hit an oncoming car. The Yaris then overturned, rolling into the back of a stationary bakkie before ending up in a yard.

ER24 spokesman Derrick Banks said a crowd of angry residents gathered at the scene shouting at police for not heeding their call for speed bumps to stop accidents from happening.

The driver was charged with reckless and negligent driving.

Police nabbed 123 drunk drivers at roadblocks throughout Pietermaritzburg on Friday night.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said the central station registered 45 cases, Mountain Rise 51 and Alexandra Road 27.

In KZN, 310 drunk drivers have been arrested since April 1.

A 19-year-old driver was slapped with a R2 000 fine for speeding at 211 km/h — the highest speed recorded by traffic officials in KZN this Easter season.

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