Grim weekend on North West roads

2012-12-24 07:36

Mahikeng - Fifteen people died in three separate accidents on roads in the North West over the weekend, the provincial department of human settlements, public safety and liaison said on Sunday.

"According to traffic officials all three fatal accidents were head-on collisions and speed and drunken driving are said to be the contributing factors that lead to the three incidents," said spokesperson Simon Lesolang Mmope.

"According to reports, nine people were killed following the head-on collision while travelling in a bakkie and a sedan between Koster and Lichtenburg on Friday evening."

Traffic officials reported that three of the nine killed in the accident were burned beyond recognition.

One passenger escaped with serious injuries. Police were still investigating.

Drunken driving

Meanwhile, a father and a daughter were killed in a head-on collision between Koster and Rustenburg on the R52.

"According to police the accident happened when another car was overtaking," Mmope said.

"The driver of another vehicle has since been arrested and was charged for drunken driving. The accident happened around 03:00 in the early hours of Saturday morning."

The other accident took place on the N12 between Klerksdorp and Potchefstroom.

A car reportedly crashed into a truck, resulting in the deaths of four people.

Police were investigating.

"Traffic officials also reported that about eight pedestrians have been killed on the provincial roads."

Human Settlements, Public Safety and Liaison MEC Nono Maloyi appealed to motorists to be extra careful on the roads.

"Despite our efforts as government to put extra measures on our roads, we are calling on motorists to be responsible and partner with us in reducing road death,” said Maloyi.

  • mart.botha - 2012-12-24 08:06

    It seems many drivers do not have enough fear of consequences, and 'push the envelope'. There is absolutely no excuse for excessive speed and drunken driving. This is compounded by the number of illegal drivers on our roads. Traffic officers must really start 'filling their boots' and the justice system must adopt a zero tolerance approach to the violation of the Traffic Act.

  • vicki.malatse - 2012-12-24 08:15

    I'm driving home first thing tomoro morning,its not far though,100ks away,however I'm panicking already,with so many deaths on the road#itsscary

  • nathier.davids.1 - 2012-12-24 08:18

    The Condition of the roads in the province is another factor!! more pot-holes than actual road!!

  • johannes.mosimanegape - 2012-12-24 08:26

    That's really bad cause most of the roads r in a bad state,most of them doesn't have tar at all,the last time they were tarred was during mongope's era that's long time ago

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-12-24 08:59

      Lucas was a cool guy. Where's he now?

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-12-24 08:28

    As a BMW driver myself,I see a lot of dangerous and reckless driving by these boys on their VW Golfs.Thrice last Sat evening idiots nearly bumped into the rear of my car due to speeding.Rustenburg is the worst place to drive on in the whole province.We cant be F1 drivers on a public road.I am going to bleksem a few of them who are driving like the stupid blue lights bullies.

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-24 08:49

      *as a BMW driver myself* blah blah shame they nearly scratched your little status symbol neh?...

      Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-12-24 08:55

      Nic,I hate to brag but I have the bragging rights:-)

      Paul Christian Gibbon - 2012-12-24 09:07

      Hehe. Well I drive a range rover and u BMW drivers are just as guilty. But must agree the mentality of the Rtb drivers is pathetic. The worse road to drive on is the Rtb Pretoria N4. Its a beautiful road just bad drivers.

      Erna - 2012-12-24 09:09

      As a Citi Golf driver I take exception to your comments. If I want to generalise, like you are doing, I think bmw drivers are arrogant and the worst drivers because of it.

      Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-12-24 09:18

      Ya Paul you are right,it is made worse by arrogant drivers in their Merc's and VW who dont wanna keep left when they drive like chameleons.When you are at a robot,if the guy next to you drives a VW,fasten a seatbelt,he might try to drift thinking the VW drifts better than the 86.

      Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-12-24 09:23

      Erna go to your local scrapyard and find out which car is lying in abundance at the back.VW Golf drivers are worse,the one's driving the R32 thinks they are flying a concorde

      gift.moyo.52 - 2012-12-24 09:36

      Nic, what are you driving? That golf first released on the market in 1979 and the shape has never changed, never mind the safety features? I also drive a BMW and I am also gatvol of drivers of the citi golf genre of death traps. They always wanna cut in front of you with their 1.4ltr scooter engine. Thats less than 1/2 of the capacity under my bonnet. On a grim note, I have seen more golfs in accidents on the roads than most models of other cars. I wish statsSA would give us numbers at the end of the holiday carnage profiling driver (RACE, age, marital status, employment status, blood alcohol level, health history, level of education etc.) type of vehicle (age, maintenance records?, condition/ last RWC, overloaded? etc) including the condition of the road where the accident occurs. Publicising this info might help people classify their risk status (just like we have Risk Assesments in industry) and help some (a few) change their behaviour pattern. Its no use to just say "speed kills" you can die in an accident at 80km/hr depending on other factors!

      gift.moyo.52 - 2012-12-24 09:38

      @Tebzaah, merc drivers are generally the best! Drivers of little hatchbacks are generally the worst!

      Paul Christian Gibbon - 2012-12-24 10:03

      LOL , but sadly very true.

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-12-24 10:04

      @Gift. I agree. I never see the Golfs or BMW's on the road. They must be behind me!

      gift.moyo.52 - 2012-12-24 10:16

      @Joe, you must be a biker! LOL

      Paul Christian Gibbon - 2012-12-24 10:49

      Cos merc drivers are generally over 100 years old

  • Dustin John Creigh-Smith - 2012-12-24 08:28

    We are all guilty of breaking the rules of the road.. but think of making yourself a murderer?

  • juancarlos.copes.9 - 2012-12-24 08:30

    Wrong. You are a bit more invincible in a 4x4 than a small car. Small car drivers have to be careful. 4x4 drivers much less so. In a 4x4 you can safely go much faster. You must also realise as a 4x4 driver, I do not care what happens to others on the road, which is why appealing to people to drive carefully to prevent themselves being hurt is useless. People have to care about what they do to others and they simply don't, particularly if they have spent a lot of money on a fast, big, safe car. They've spent the money making themselves safe at high speed, if you didn't, thats your problem.

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-24 08:44

      Oh fu(k off ....moron...

      Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-12-24 08:53

      O bua masepa wa utlwa

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-12-24 08:56

      Nice one Juancarlos. It's good to see you behind your computer, pissed. Much better than behind the wheel of your 4x4.

      Anthony Mark Bird - 2012-12-24 09:01

      can this idiot read? the article mentions drunk driving and speed as major factors in the accidents. that linked to ablatant disregard for the rules of the road. whats car size got to do with it? 4x4 being bigger are more deadly in the hands of an idiot like you than a 1300. your arrogance reflects your attitude to yours and others safety and if you lived anywhere in the civilised world, you would be tagged by the authorities. i hope that you do not become a victim of your arrogance or kill others because of it!

      CliveL - 2012-12-24 09:26

      This oke is typical of SA drivers. I have just got back from KZN and let me tell you, from taxis to truck drivers to cit-golfs, to arrogant idiots in their 4x4's, there is no concern for your fellow road users. Everyone just wants to get where they are going and stuff the rest. If I had a rand for all the traffic violations I observed while driving to and from KZN, I would be smiling right now. There needs to be police patrols on the roads to catch idiots overtaking on solid lines etc, not hiding behind bushes!

      CliveL - 2012-12-24 09:31

      Juancarlos I would love to be a fly on the wall, when not if something happens to u or your family on the roads. You will be screaming about poor driving and bad drivers, just like you, who think they are invincible in their 4x4's....ever stopped to think about a 4x4 taking on another 4x4, not so pretty if you ask me. Wake up, before you and your family suffer because of your arrogance!

      Paul Christian Gibbon - 2012-12-24 10:07

      4x4 bakki? They are unsafe as hell, I owned a 4l navara which was fast but really unsafe. No electronics to help. Was crap. Bought a smaller evoque and much better now. The safest bakkie is a ford with two star ratting. That's dangerous.

      tseabelo - 2012-12-25 15:24

      Juan = Dom

  • bella.marx.5 - 2012-12-24 08:40

    I really don't mind if you die in which ever way you can die because you are drunk. But to take people with you that is innocent!!!!! That piss me off. If you drive under the influence, make sure you drive yourself under a big truck, or into a uncoming train. They won't even feel you!!!!

  • Peter Zylstra - 2012-12-24 09:01

    so according to juancarlos you can transgress all rules of the road when driving a 4x4 and when you've spent money on a safe car. How sick can one be! The rules are for all to obey including 4x4 and BMW drivers!

  • Erna - 2012-12-24 09:02

    It doesn't matter if you drive a big German car, a Citi Golf, a 4x4, a taxi, a bus or a truck, obeying the rules of the road is the everyone's responsibility. Just because you drive a fast, 'safe' and big car doesn't give you more rights than someone who drives a smaller car! Head on collisions are caused by impatient drivers who take chances when passing a slower driver.

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  • Adolf - 2012-12-24 10:48

    The causes for most of the accidents are mirrored in the causes of most mayhem in SA. Ill-discipline. A disciplined driver will never take a change on a barrier marking, blind height or sharp turn, whenever visibility is bad etc, etc. Discipline and only discipline will reduce all the wrong-doings, be it bad driving,participating in crime or whatever.

  • - 2012-12-24 12:40

    The road between Ventersdorp and Potchefstroom it has a lot of potholes but I guess the name of the province must be changed to Potholes Province.

      Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-12-24 13:36

      True,that road is rotten like the anc government.I had to use the Carltonville road from Potch to Rustenburg about two weeks ago.

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