Sunday, April 08, 2007

90 die in 70 accidents during Easter

By Tando Mfengwana
08 April 2007


The department of Transport said that 90 people have been killed on South African roads during the Easter Weekend.

Independent Online reports that the deaths were recorded in 70 accidents around the country during that period.

Department spokesperson Ntau Letebele says that 17 of the dead were drivers, 38 were passengers and 35 pedestrians.

He said that use of alcohol was the main cause of these accidents.

Letebele said statistics show that drunk drivers forget to dim their headlights for oncoming traffic, changing speed and lanes for no obvious reasons and ignoring stop signs.

Other attributes were that drunk drivers tend to drive on shoulder lane or towards the centre lane.

Drivers are warned to be vigilant and exercise care when driving.

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