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Officials record fewer accidents over Easter weekend

Though highway deaths have been predicted to be on an upward trajectory this yr, authorities say they have been shocked to see decrease visitors volumes, crashes and fatalities nationwide, particularly over the Easter lengthy weekend, in comparison with earlier years.

In line with N3 Toll Concessions operations supervisor Thania Dhoogra, there was one deadly accident reported and not less than 4 crash incidents in whole have been reported over the weekend thus far.

In comparison with the earlier years it confirmed a very good statistic.

“The statistics thus removed from a fatality perspective and from a lot of crashes perspective over this Easter weekend have been actually good. Though any fatality is one too many,” she stated.

This because the preliminary statistics from the Easter lengthy weekend indicated that not less than 16 highway fatalities have been recorded on Gauteng roads, whereas Easter 2021 highway statistics recorded 189 crashes and 235 fatalities nationwide between 2 and 5 April.

Dhoogra stated their forecast was that there can be extraordinarily busy visitors volumes on the highway on Thursday and Friday final week, with “return visitors from early [on Monday] morning, peaking between 9am and 3pm and that hasn’t actually panned out”.

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Legislation enforcement businesses on the launch of Easter holidays highway marketing campaign at N3 Heidelberg Weighbridge, 31 March 2021, in anticipation of elevated visitors volumes. Image: Nigel Sibanda

“What we’ve seen [on Monday] is that previously two hours visitors volumes have elevated. We’re now seeing over 1 100 automobiles an hour going to the Mooi River toll plaza,” she added.

“However a typical Easter weekend would have seen us recording volumes of about 2 500 automobiles an hour.”

She additionally stated emergency and legislation enforcement companies continued to be on excessive alert yesterday, and, if essential, the Roads Visitors Inspectorate would implement particular visitors management measures to handle the move of visitors.

Nonetheless, in response to some motorists who have been driving again to Gauteng following the lengthy weekend, metro police and SA Police Service presence on the highway contributed to many motorists not breaking the legislation or just taking benefit.

“I’m completely happy the visitors is transferring and this technique to have police on the highway has labored out this time, as a result of visitors is transferring swiftly,” stated motorist David Leballo.

One other motorist, Shadi Phalane, stated it was true that many highway fatalities have been largely resulting from driver behaviour, together with rushing and overloading, and resulting from police presence, many motorists have been on their finest behaviour.

“It’s bizarre that the busiest routes have recorded the least accidents and fatalities, as a result of we all know that each Easter weekend, we count on excessive accident figures,” she stated.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula final Tuesday launched the Easter highway security marketing campaign and stated 1 823 folks misplaced their lives on the roads in January and February – up from the 1 521 fatalities in the identical interval final yr.

Mbalula stated the busiest routes throughout Easter have been the N1 from Gauteng to Limpopo, the N3 from Gauteng to KwaZulu-Natal, the N2 from the Western Cape to Japanese Cape, the N14 from Gauteng to the North West and the N12.

Gauteng Visitors Police spokesperson Sello Maremane urged motorists to train warning when utilising public roads as main roads main into the province have been closely congested and busy.

“The N1 Polokwane to Pretoria at Carousel toll plaza recorded precisely 2 461 automobiles per hour, whereas at Phumlani plaza 2 498 have been passing by the toll gate,” he stated.

“The N4 Mpumalanga to Pretoria recorded about 1 200 automobiles passing by De Hoek toll plaza per hour, on the N3 Durban to Johannesburg 529 automobiles are passing by De Hoek plaza per hour, and N1 Bloemfontein to Johannesburg Grasmere toll plaza recorded simply over 700 automobiles passing by per hour.”

He appealed to motorists to keep away from unsafe overtaking and rushing and urged all classes of highway customers to obey the principles of the highway. This follows the dying of 16 folks throughout the province’s roads thus far, with eight of these being pedestrians.

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