TRAC disappointed with number of accidents over Festive Season

TRAC disappointed with number of accidents over Festive Season

With the 2017/18 Festive Season officially over TRAC is disappointed to report that there was a slight increase in the number of accidents in comparison to the same period last year.

From the 8th of December 2017 to the 8th of January 2018, 191 accidents were recorded between Tshwane in Gauteng, South Africa and the capital of Mozambique, Maputo. This is three (3) more than the previous year. The number of fatalities decreased however from 35 in the previous festive period to 27 in the 2017/2018 season.

The accident and fatality breakdown per region of the N4 Toll Route was as follows:
Gauteng
Accidents – 5
Fatalities – 0

Mpumalanga Highveld
Accidents – 76
Fatalities – 7

Mpumalanga Lowveld
Accidents – 50
Fatalities – 11

Mozambique
Accidents – 60
Fatalities – 9

Although TRAC, law enforcement agencies and emergency services were on full alert and highly visible on the road throughout the holiday season, the back-to-back extended long weekends over Christmas and New Year’s, adverse weather conditions and high traffic volumes complicated matters. Driver negligence and incompetence as well as the vast number of unroadworthy and overloaded vehicles on the road also contributed to the increased accident count.

TRAC is saddened by these statistics and we would like to convey our heartfelt condolences to the families who lost loved ones. We also want to wish a speedy recovery to those who are still recuperating from road accidents.  Furthermore we want to express our gratitude and appreciation to the law enforcement and emergency services teams that operated along the route during this time in a bid to keep the road safe and save lives. However, road safety is not only the responsibility of these entities and every road user must shoulder the responsibility of keeping South African roads safe.

“TRAC and law enforcement agencies can only do so much to keep roads safe,” says TRAC CEO Graham Esterhuysen, “Negligent and high risk behaviour on our roads is unacceptable and should not be tolerated. Road users need to be more responsible and respectful of road regulations and the value of their and others’ lives.”

Enquiries:

Solange Soares Nicholson
Communications Manager
Tel: +2713 755 3316 (switchboard)
Mobile: 0800 87 2264
E-mail: helpdesk@tracn4.co.za

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