MEC blames attitude for Mpumalanga road deaths

2015-12-21 17:48
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Nelspruit - Fifty-three people have died and 232 have been seriously injured on Mpumalanga's roads since December 1.

So far this month there had been 350 accidents, caused mainly by speeding, drunk driving, unroadworthy vehicles, and the bad attitude of some drivers, Mpumalanga's Community Safety, Security and Liaison MEC Vusi Shongwe said on Monday.

"People lose their lives due to negligence and ruthlessness displayed by some drivers."

He welcomed the arrests of 57 motorists for various traffic violations. Fifty of them were allegedly driving under the influence.

One of the offenders was caught driving at 191km/h in a 120km/h zone on the N3 between Heidelberg and the Wilge toll plaza. He was released on R1 500 bail.

Shongwe called for harsher sentences for road hogs and appealed to motorists to be patient.

According to preliminary reports, the highest number of deaths, 20, in the province took place in the Ehlanzeni region. Nineteen people were killed in the Nkangala region and 14 in Gert Sibande. 

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