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Study ordered into Limpopo's deadly N1

By unknown | Dec 28, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Selby Makgotho

Selby Makgotho

The N1 between Polokwane and Makhado in Limpopo will be the subject of an investigation to establish why it is such a high accident zone.

It has been noted that many accidents happen not far from a place where traffic cops are posted, leading to the theory that drivers become irresponsible when they believe they will not be punished.

It has emerged that most accidents on that road happen in the early hours, and yesterday officials said they suspected that overloading, speeding and general disregard for road rules were the key reasons behind the accidents.

Sowetan got first-hand experience of disobedient drivers on the N1 between Polokwane and Makhado at the weekend when hundreds of people, particularly those driving north, seemed to be driving as badly as they could.

The situation was worsened by the fact that it was early and traffic officers had not yet arrived on the roads.

Obed Langa, spokesman for the provincial roads and transport department, yesterday said the N1 between Polokwane and Makhado was a real problem.

"We are going to investigate why so many accidents happen on that road, which has just been widened to accommodate vehicles."

Limpopo has registered 84 fatalities since the beginning of the month.


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