Western Cape traffic cops take to the road in bid to reduce trauma cases

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The long weekend saw trauma cases in the Western Cape remain high, further straining healthcare services.
The long weekend saw trauma cases in the Western Cape remain high, further straining healthcare services.
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  • Western Cape traffic officials are at work to reduce trauma cases caused by road accidents.
  • The trauma cases placed additional strain on healthcare services during the third wave.
  • 65 people were arrested during various operations, including over the long Women's Day weekend.

Western Cape traffic officers have been hard at work to reduce trauma cases caused by road accidents. However, almost 30 people died in road accidents last week.

Provincial Traffic Services implemented 91 integrated roadblocks, vehicle checkpoints and speed control operations last week, in which 21 382 vehicles were stopped and checked. This included operations over the long weekend," said Transport MEC Daylin Mitchell.

"While the province is simultaneously monitoring the number of trauma admissions to our hospitals during the third wave peak, contingency measures and protocols have been put in place to address all current changes to the regulations. Road crashes must not be allowed to add more pressure to the health system that is already under pressure," said Mitchell.

The long weekend saw trauma cases in the Western Cape remain high, further straining healthcare services. 

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Daylin Mitchell.
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 There were 1 545 trauma admissions over the Women's Day long weekend at 23 trauma units across the province, Western Cape health department spokesperson Mark van der Heever previously told News24.

While these trauma cases were lower than the previous weekend, with cases at the end of the month totalling 1 705, high trauma cases placed an additional strain on the healthcare system at a time when it was already burdened with high Covid-19 numbers.

A total of 20 crashes occurred in the reporting period, and 27 fatalities were recorded, said Mitchell.

"Speeding dramatically increases the chances of a crash. The faster you drive, the less time you will have to react to emergencies. Reduce your speed when roads are wet, and visibility is poor, because it will take you longer to stop," said Mitchell.

"Crashes have tremendous socio-economic impacts. Crash victims may be disabled, lose income or lose jobs. Losing a breadwinner could mean living in poverty, losing a parent, or losing a home. Losing a loved one could mean psychological trauma and disruption to family life."

READ HERE | Trauma cases over the long weekend adds increased strain to Western Cape health system

During the week's operations, 257 speeding offences were recorded, and 3 826 fines were issued for various traffic violations, totalling R3 482 650.

A total of 32 charges were laid under the Disaster Management Act, and fines to the total value of R34 400 were issued. In addition, 65 arrests were made for various offences - of these, 32 were for driving while over the alcohol limit.


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