South Africa: Drop expected in Easter road accident deaths

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport is predicting a drop in the number of road crashes and fatalities this Easter weekend compared with last year’s.

Department spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said they were still consolidating their figures, but the indication was that there had been a decline. Provincial law enforcement agencies have been out in full force to curb road violations this long weekend.3269434930-300x152 (1)Ncalande said since Friday last week, about 230 people had been arrested for drunken driving. A number of drivers had been caught driving at speeds of more than 200km/h on the N2 south of Durban.

Police spokesperson major Thulani Zwane said the police were still busy with their operations and would only have accurate reports on the number of accidents and fatalities on Monday. Six people were injured on Sunday when a light vehicle rear-ended another on the N3 highway near the M7 turn-off in Pinetown.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said one car lay on its roof in the median while the second had pulled off the right side of the road. Two of the injured were children, aged 12 and 13. Paramedics treated the patients and took them to St Mary’s Hospital.

Also on Sunday, six people were injured when three vehicles collided on Styledrift Road in the Osizweni area of Newcastle. ER24 paramedics discovered that five occupants of the overturned vehicle and the driver of the bakkie had been injured. Two of the patients were a boy and a girl, aged two and four. Paramedics treated the patients and took them to a nearby hospital.

Early on Sunday Netcare 911 paramedics received a call about two vehicles that had collided on the R61 in Port Edward. Eight people had sustained injuries ranging from serious to minor. Medics stabilised the injured at the crash scene before taking them to various hospitals for the care that they required. source:cctv-africa

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