More Gauteng pedestrians die

2014-01-02 22:40


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Johannesburg - Road fatalities involving pedestrians are increasing in Gauteng, traffic police said on Thursday.

Since the start of the festive season, 89 pedestrians had died, said spokesperson Obed Sibasa.

They were among 181 people killed in 176 fatal crashes, he said.

Most of the pedestrian deaths were on the Golden highway in Sebokeng, on the R59, old Golden Highway, the N4 in Pretoria, and the N14 between Diepsloot and Lanseria.

He advised public passenger transport operators to stop dropping off their passengers on the highways.

He advised pedestrians, particularly those living in informal settlements, not to walk on or cross freeways or busy main roads, especially after drinking alcohol.

He said 42 pedestrians were arrested on various freeways across the province on Wednesday.

"They were arrested on the N12 between Springs and Daveyton, the N3 between Vosloorus and Heidelberg, N14 in Diepsloot and also on the N4 east in Pretoria."

He said they would be released after paying admission of guilt fines of between R200 and R300, depending on the area of jurisdiction.

Sibasa said 85 drivers were arrested for drinking and driving.

Negligent driving

"In another case, a motorist driving red VW Polo was arrested after he bumped a provincial traffic officer whilst busy with roadside check point on the M21 Hebron."

The driver was travelling at high speed, lost control, crashed into the central barriers and hit the Gauteng traffic officer and the car he was inspecting, on Tuesday.

The driver was thought to have been drunk. He had also been charged with reckless or negligent driving.

The officer was slightly injured and was taken to the Legae Clinic in Hebron.

Sibasa said three people were killed on Vlakplaats road at Zonkezizwe on Wednesday when their bakkie veered out of control, and rolled several times.

"Occupants were flung from the vehicle. Three people were confirmed dead at the scene and one was seriously injured," he said.

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