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Fewer fatalities on Mpumalanga roads - dept

2012-12-28 17:30

Johannesburg - Fewer people died on Mpumalanga roads this festive season compared to last year, the provincial community safety, security and liaison department said on Friday.

"Fatalities have been reduced from last year’s 118 to 102 this year," said department spokesperson Joseph Mabuza.

He said there had also been a decrease in the number of accidents.

"Since the beginning of December 2012, the province has recorded 426 accidents as compared to 452 in 2011."

The Gert Sibande region had the most accidents with 43 being reported, the Nkangala region was second with 31 and Ehlanzeni followed with 28.

MEC for Community Safety, Security and Liaison Vusi Shongwe said, although they had made progress in reducing road crashes and fatalities, there was still room for improvement.

He agreed with national Transport Minister Ben Dikobe Martin’s call for road users to prioritise life over convenience.

"Our road users need to begin valuing life even more while they are driving. We need to learn to be more tolerant to one another and stop breaking the law needlessly," he said.

On Thursday, Shongwe joined traffic officials in conducting a roadblock on the N2 between Piet Retief and Ermelo, where over 330 vehicles were stopped and checked.

A total of 109 fines were issued and 27 unroadworthy cars were taken off the road. One person was arrested for driving with a fake licence.

Comments
  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-28 18:05

    Great!

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-29 03:14

      @Leonard our unique African approach to solving this problem is to go have a cleansing ceremony bwahahahaha

  • Mbuso Siera - 2012-12-28 18:20

    Great work......and thanks to Rehabilitation of many roads to accommodate the large number of traffic flow to Kruger and Maputo.....

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-28 20:43

    102 deaths this Festive Season is nothing to be proud about. When you consider the road death toll for the whole of Britain is 4!!!!

  • themba.ntuli - 2012-12-29 07:44

    this does make any sense, a difference of 8 does not make a decrease when we speak of hundrends of deaths....

      lorraine.stephens.3114 - 2012-12-30 07:43

      Numbnut! 118-102 = 16. Did yopu buy your matric certificate in Mpumalanga?

  • david.banner.104418 - 2012-12-29 08:13

    Why is it that South Africans only kill themselves over Christmas and Easter. Yet the rest of the year they behave, as we never hear of statistics then. Could it be that an increased law enforcement and road blocks contribute to high death rates over these periods.

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-29 15:23

      It has been said that the 'daily death toll' all year round is +/- 42!!! I guess at these two periods it is just high -lighted. SHOCKING STATISTICS!!!

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-12-29 11:08

    Rather stay at home but then you risk being robbed!

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-12-29 11:20

    Who records these stats?

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