Motorists behaving better

2015-04-03 12:11
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Johannesburg - Motorists seem to be behaving better on the roads this Easter as fewer people have died in accidents on the eve of the long weekend compared to the same period last year, according to the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) on Friday.

"A total of 40 people had died from March 31 to April 1 2015, according to information processed by the Road Traffic Information Corporation," spokesperson Simon Zwane said.

"This is 10% less when compared to the 44 people who died during the same period last year."

Despite the drop, there was a 100% increase in fatal crashes in Gauteng - from four last year to eight this year.

KwaZulu-Natal had the most fatal accidents, standing at 10 so far, Zwane said.

There was a drop in the amount of accidents in Limpopo from seven in 2014 to two this year.

In Mpumalanga, 302 vehicles had been impounded for operating without valid licences.

Two motorists had been arrested for excessive speeding on the N1 highway in the Free State, Zwane said.

On the highway near Winburg a motorist was arrested for driving 186km/h in a 120km zone and another caught near Kroonstad doing 181km/h.

"The RTMC reiterates that motorists should reduce speed and obey all the rules of road.

"The road are still busy and travellers are urged to plan their journeys carefully and avoid travelling at night," Zwane said.

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