Road deaths less

2018-01-31 06:01
Pauline Williams, MEC for the Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, releasing the Festive Season Road Safety Statistics on Tuesday, 23 January. Photo: Supplied

Pauline Williams, MEC for the Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, releasing the Festive Season Road Safety Statistics on Tuesday, 23 January. Photo: Supplied

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A decrease of 57% in road accidents has been recorded for the Northern Cape in the Festive Season Road Safety Statistics for 2017-’18.

This pertains to the period from 15 December 2017 to 9 January 2018.

A total of 27 fatalities were reported, as opposed to the 64 for 2016, a decrease of 42%.

This information was announced by the provincial Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison on Tuesday, 23 January.

MEC Pauline Williams confirmed that the number of accidents in 2017 (which amounted to 26), was less than the 46 reported in 2016.

The department expressed pride in its hard work of preventing any major incidences from occurring, as roads were patrolled and operations con­tinued with diligence and alertness since the launch of operations in November.

Williams credited the complete focus and broad-ranging, coordinated efforts of law enforcement agencies, as well as continued diligence and alertness, for the decrease in fatalities.

Releasing the statistics to the media, Williams pointed out that a total of 19 993 vehicles had been stopped and checked, and that 1 683 summonses for various offenses were issued.

A total of 27 vehicles were discontinued and 670 speed summonses issued, with the highest speed recorded being 198 km/h in a 120 km/h zone on the N1 to Colesberg.

“In total, 14 people were arrested for driving under the influence and excessive speeding. In total we had K78 – that is multi-stakeholder roadblocks – at 32 with 4 653 drivers tested for alcohol,” said Williams.

The running of road safety education and awareness campaigns was highlighted as an important part of the relationship between the department and the Road Traffic Management Corporation and Youth Road Safety Ambassadors.

“Special focus was on youth, with a total of 2 767 road users being reached through this programme. Building momentum throughout operations, traffic officials ensured increased visibility, including in the period just before schools reopened. Usually during this period we experience increased traffic volumes on major routes in the province.”

Williams thanked all officers, departmental officials, volunteers and stakeholders on behalf of the Northern Cape provincial government, who unreservedly acknow­ledge their sacrifice as the apex of service.

“May we unite with renewed commitment behind all road safety efforts to achieve results that save more and more lives.”


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