JOHANNESBURG, The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) says many of the crashes which have been reported in South African this festive season are the result of reckless and negligent driving, as well as driving under the influence of alcohol.
The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) meanwhile says scores of motorists spent Christmas behind bars after they were arrested for breaking the law. While South Africans were celebrating Christmas with their loved ones, some didn't make it home because of accidents, some of which resulted in fatalities.
In one incident, five people were killed in Ennerdale, south of Johannesburg, when two vehicles collided, said RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane Monday.
I am aware of one major crash that happened in Ennerdale, where two vehicles collided and five people were killed and two were injured. There was also another crash in Lephalale in Limpopo Province and there was one in Emmerspoort, so all of those would have claimed about 15 lives altogether.
Meanwhile, dozens of motorists were arrested in Johannesburg over the weekend for speeding, reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol. The JMPD said there would be zero-tolerance towards drunken drivers and speeding motorists this festive season.
JMPD Spokesperson Edna Mamonyane said: The Johannesburg Metro Police Department has been out in numbers this past weekend. We had quite a number of people who were arrested for high speed as well as drinking and driving. We are warning all the motorists and citizens to say please enjoy responsibly and don't drink and drive and don't drink and walk because you might be a danger to other road users.
Meanwhile, the RTMC expressed concern over the high number of pedestrians killed since the start of the festive season.
Many of the country's roads saw seen huge volumes of traffic at the weekend as holiday-makers headed to various destinations around country.
Statistics have not yet been released, but RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane said vehicles had knocked down many pedestrians since the beginning of December.
We are concerned about the high number of pedestrian fatalities and our advice to pedestrians is to please avoid busy roads after drinking alcohol, high number of people knocked by vehicles are found to be to have been drinking alcohol. We also advising motorists to be careful when driving around in residential areas that there are many people walking and we must be on the lookout to avoid these unnecessary accidents.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK