It was another weekend of carnage on South Africa’s roads, with at least 19 people reported dead in Gauteng and seven in the Western Cape.
Most of the fatalities in Gauteng were as a result of motorists driving under the influence of alcohol, according to traffic police spokesman Obed Sibasa.
Other accidents, he added, were caused by speeding on wet and slippery roads and unsafe overtaking. Sibasa said the police were worried at the level of recklessness displayed by both motorists and pedestrians.
“The rate at which road users die is unacceptable and traumatising. As law enforcement agencies we are traumatised because of the counting and picking up of body bags on our roads and freeways. The accidents happen too frequently,” he said.
At the weekend, 11 fatal crashes were recorded across Gauteng, with 13 road users killed, including six drivers, three passengers, two bikers and two passengers.
Some of the fatal accidents recorded at the weekend include a pedestrian who was hit by a car in Berea.
In Parktown, a driver lost control, hit a lamp post and died. In Olivedale, another driver lost control of his vehicle and hit three pedestrians, killing them.
Provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa said two of the pedestrians were from the Central Karoo region, while the others were from Grabouw, Robertson, Wolseley and Constantia. The driver was killed on Jakes Gerwel Drive.
Africa said 28 drivers had been arrested following the screening of 1631 motorists during the ongoing Operation Alcohol Blitz campaign.
“A driver was arrested in Knysna after he was found to be six times over the legal drinking limit,” he said. “A further two were arrested for a similar offence in Swellendam.
“Two were arrested for excessive speed in Laingsburg. In this operation, 155 fines amounting to R190 300 were issued.”
Meanwhile, ER24 spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said paramedics attended to numerous accidents on Saturday.
“In Constantia Main Road a vehicle went down a bridge and an embankment. The car went about 25 metres down the embankment and caught alight. Paramedics extricated a woman, thought to be in her 50s, from the vehicle.
“She was assessed and found to have suffered critical injuries.”
A man had been knocked down by a vehicle in Borchards Quarry Road in Nyanga.
“Upon assessment it was found that he was in a critical condition,” she said.
Bodasing said a vehicle had overturned and burst into flames on Jakes Gerwel Drive in the Philippi area.
“It is understood that all the occupants were ejected from the vehicle, but one person succumbed to his injuries.”[Source: iol]