Monday, December 16, 2013

16 people died on the WC roads over the weekend

Lusanda Bill
16 December 2013

Western Cape Traffic Authorities over the weekend held 24 roadblocks throughout the province. 

In these roadblocks 4 069 vehicles were stopped and 1 336 drivers were tested for alcohol and 29 drunk drivers were arrested.

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said one person was arrested for being in possession of false documents in the Brackenfell area, one driver was arrested for being in possession of abalone in the Swellendam area, three taxi’s were impounded in the Oudtshoorn area, one illegal immigrant was arrested in Mossel Bay and I person was arrested for being in possession of tik in Vredendal.

Meanwhile during these 24 roadblocks 25 966 vehicles were tested for speed and 1 904 drivers were prosecuted for exceeding the speed limit with the highest reading recording on the N1 between Paarl and Brackenfell. 

The province recorded 16 deaths on the road over this past weekend. 

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said on Friday morning in two separate accidents ten people died in the first accident it occurred 12km before Laingsburg and the other accident 44km on the Beaufort West side of Laingsburg.  In both these accidents all ten people were burnt beyond recognition.

Africa said on Saturday evening there was an accident in the Beaufort West region where a driver of a bakkie lost control and hit a wild animal and four of the occupants in that vehicle died.  In another accident also on Saturday a motorbike driver collided with a concrete wall of a bridge in Plattekloof road and he died immediately. 

“Early on Sunday morning on the N1 a pedestrian was knocked and died on the scene, bringing the total fatalities on the province’s road over the weekend to 16” Africa added.

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