Limpopo Easter death toll declines

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POLOKWANE – The Limpopo Department of Transport has recorded an improvement with regard to the number of fatalities over the Easter weekend.  The death toll was 34 people, whereas it was 36 during the same period in 2016.  The department had put a target of 50 per cent reduction on fatalities.  The MEC responsible for transport and community safety, Nandi Ndalane, described the reduction as a welcomed achievement. “We appreciate the discipline displayed by the motorists particularly those who were travelling on the major corridors including the N1, R101, R71, R37 and R555,” said Ndalane. The department of transport is, however, concerned about the high number of pedestrians who died over the weekend.  A staggering 14 pedestrians lost their lives which is an increase compared to the 10 during the same period in 2016.  “Many of the pedestrians died in villages and townships. The department will improve on its education and awareness programmes on pedestrian safety in order to bring a halt to these deaths. Of them many died while crossing roads which indicate that they may not have observed the road before entering it,” said the department’s spokesman, Joshua Kwapa. Meanwhile, Limpopo traffic police recorded massive successes during their law-enforcement operations over the Easter weekend. A total of 24 063 vehicles were stopped, 38 were discontinued, four minibus taxis and 10 buses were impounded while 32 drivers were arrested for drunken driving. Ndalane expressed dismay on the high number of drivers arrested for drunk driving. “This is a deliberate traffic violation which needs to be harshly dealt with. We cannot continue to tolerate these people who deliberately violate traffic laws and contribute to the deaths on our roads. We need to ensure that those found guilty are successfully prosecuted and obtain the harshest permissible punishment by the law.”



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