Road fatalities in Mpumalanga increase

The festive season saw an increase in road fatalities

As the surge in traffic volumes is expected to increase in and out of the province this weekend because school holidays are coming to an end, motorists are urged to obey traffic rules.

According to a report, the province recorded 619 crashes as opposed to last year’s 693 and this represents a decline of over 10%. There was a rise of nearly 9% in the number of people who died as a result of road crashes for the period under review because 113 people lost their lives as compared to last year’s 103. The report further indicate that serious injuries decreased from 593 to 502 and this represents a 15% decrease.

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Community Safety, Security and Liaison MEC , Pat Ngomane says although the figures are preliminary, they are somewhat drawing a bleak picture. He says one life lost is one too many and reckless drivers need to be stopped in their tracks in order to make roads safer. He insisted that the recklessness by stubborn drivers subjects many families to unnecessary hardships as some of the people who die in these crashes are bread winners.

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Members of the community members are advised to report those who are violating traffic rules to authorities so that appropriate steps are taken. The MEC has further ordered law enforcement officers to continue with zero tolerance approach towards reckless and negligent driving in order to curb unnecessary loss of lives on the road.

Yoliswa Hlatshwayo

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