Steady drop in Western Cape road deaths

2012-02-14 14:20

Cape Town - The number of road deaths in the Western Cape had decreased by nearly a quarter in 2011 compared to 2008, transport MEC Robin Carlisle said on Tuesday.

"While 1 739 people died on our roads in 2008, that figure dropped to 1 567 in 2009, 1 487 in 2010, and 1 321 in 2011," he said.

Festive season road fatalities had come down from 259 to 243 in the province.

Carlisle was disappointed the reduction was not greater, but said the province had learned "valuable lessons" for the future, particularly regarding long distance minibus taxi traffic.

There had been 483 roadblocks in the province during December and January, with 161 989 vehicles pulled over for checks.

He said 3 250 long distance public transport drivers had been forced to rest for up to four hours as part of "fatigue management" on the N1 to the Eastern Cape.

  • procold2 - 2012-02-14 14:24

    good policing and respect for each other on tne roads

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-14 14:30

    Thats what you call effective traffic/road management Sibu, u d%mba$$, and they (DA) didn't even mess with the speed limits, all they did was there jobs properly and got rid of unroadworthy taxis!!!

      fishycraig - 2012-02-14 14:33

      And that is why the Western Cape is what it is and the rest of SA is what it is. Sad but true... (Although good if you live in the Cape!)

  • Anthony - 2012-02-14 14:43

    still to many unroadworthy taxi,s on our roads. job well done DA

  • Annelise - 2012-02-14 15:01

    I love living in the Western Cape! Everything works, because our provincial government works.

  • kseyffert - 2012-02-15 00:09

    Sadly, the only thing that too many of us will respect is effective policing. As lllong as the government will not invest in this we will have arnage on our raods. That said, you can not have an effective police force when you hire people who only want to be in the force for the bribery oppurtunities it presents. Get serious, hire quality staff and pay them a proper wage. Put them on the street where they can be seen and where they can see and act. Then, only then, maybe we will see a change in peoples attitudes.

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