Wed. May 22nd, 2019

Western Cape traffic fails to reduce Easter road deaths by 50%

drivers and learners licenceA small but notable increase in Easter road deaths for the Western Cape.

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After a long weekend, the Western Cape traffic department noted, with regret, that it has failed to reduce Easter road deaths by 50%.

As reported by EWN, the province had recorded 27 deaths as a result of road accidents (both motorists and pedestrians) in 2018.

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Kenny Africa, the department’s chief, revealed that the strategy going into the Easter weekend, this time around, was to reduce fatalities by at least 50%.

“We did everything in our power. We had roadblocks throughout the Western Cape province, concentrating on drunk drivers,” he said.

Read312 drunk drivers arrested over the Easter weekend

However, according to Africa, nothing could have prevented the escalated deaths that were recorded in this period. The department revealed that a total of 35 people were killed this past long weekend, a small but notable increase.

Africa revealed that much of those who died on the roads were pedestrians. The largest contributor was the tragic accident on the R316, near Caledon, where eight people died in a car crash, on Monday.

National Easter road deaths fall by 41%

The lighter note to this — as reported by the Citizen — is that the national figures have dropped by 41%.

This is according to Transport Minister, Blade Nzimande, who applauded traffic and police officers for their hard work in maintaining road safety.

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“Ideally, we would not like to see a single soul being lost on our roads, but we are happy thus far because nationally, in terms of road fatalities this time last year, we are 41% down. And we attribute that largely to our visibility,” Nzimande said.

According to the Road Traffic Management Corporation, a total of 549 people were arrested on the roads for various offences this past weekend.

From the 79 roadblocks that were set up across the country, 65 000 fines were issued to motorists for road violations. In Gauteng, a motorist was arrested for attempting to bribe an officer.

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