Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Alcohol a leading cause of road carnage

At least 93 road users died on the Western Cape’s roads over the Christmas weekend. The province’s community safety spokesperson, Makhaya Mani said that drunken driving and pedestrians not wearing reflective clothing, or walking around drunk, continued to be a problem. He says of the 93 fatalities, 27 were drivers, 31 were passengers and 35 pedestrians. Mani says the figure of 93 fatalities is an improvement on the same period last year, when 126 people died. Traffic authorities have doubled roadblocks from last year. Mani says they are setting up roadblocks where motorists don't expect them to be and are catching drivers by surprise.


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