KZN records more than 200 road deaths

2016-01-05 06:00

MORE than 200 people have been killed on provincial roads during the festive season.

According to a statement released by the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Willies Mchunu the deaths are the result of 180 crashes reported this December.

“We wish to register our disappointment at the fact that people continue to lose their lives on our roads. We, however, commend the good work by law enforcement agencies who have gone out of their way to save lives of innocent people by arresting those errant drivers who have no regard for human life,” said Mchunu.

However he said law enforcement agencies have arrested more than 300 people for driving under the influence during the same period.

“Among those arrested for drinking and driving are taxi drivers, who were caught with their vehicles full of passengers. We are going for a complete crackdown on drinking and driving on New Year’s Eve.

“We have arrested over 337 drivers who risk people’s lives by drinking and driving. Those who violate the law will spend the New Year’s Eve and possibly the entire weekend in police cells,” said Mchunu.

He said “experience has shown” that most accidents happen overnight and in the early hours of the morning and consequently 24-hour law enforcement checks will take place in strategic spots.

His statement said since the beginning of December, more than 177 000 vehicles have been stopped and checked across the province.

He said 3 299 people have been found to be driving without a driver’s licence. — The Witness

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