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By unknown | Sep 28, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

KwaZulu-Natal, which is reeling from the carnage on its roads, will have 105 additional traffic officers soon.

This emerged yesterday at the memorial service for the nine people killed in an accident in Kranskop on Monday.

Speaking at the service Bheki Cele, MEC for transport, community safety and liaison, said the new officers were still in training.

Cele said Monday's accident could have been avoided.

"It is true that accidents are unpredictable. But what happened on Monday was not an accident. It was something preventable," he said.

Cele said they were still investigating and was adamant that the accident could have been avoided.

He said if people spoke openly about road safety as they did about HIV-Aids, road carnage could decrease dramatically.

"We seem to think less of dangers that can afflict us on the road. Most people practise safe sex because they are afraid of HIV, but they do not realise that misbehaviour on the roads is equally fatal," he said.

Cele said drunken driving and failure to comply with road safety laws were the main causes of road carnage.

He said most people fasten their seat belts only when they see traffic officers and take them off afterwards.

"Speeding, drinking and driving, fatigue, unsafe overtaking, ignoring traffic signs, recklessness, negligence and aggressive driver behaviour, unsafe crossing of roads, drinking and walking, poor vehicle maintenance are some of the causes of road carnage."

Meanwhile, 31 people were injured in an accident involving a bus and a truck on the N3 near Bergville in KwaZulu-Natal.

Traffic spokesman Colin Govender said an Intercity bus travelling from Durban to Johannesburg hit a truck from behind.

He said the injured were treated at Ladysmith Hospital.


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