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Youths the baddies on province's roads

By unknown | Apr 01, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

Limpopo experienced fewer road fatalities this year as compared with the previous years.

MEC for roads and transport Justice Pitso said yesterday the province registered a noticeable decline of eight percent compared with last year in terms of smashes during Easter weekend.

The province registered 26 smashes this year, a decline of eight smashes compared with last year's 34.

The province also experienced a decrease in fatalities, which decreased from 45 last year to 39 this year.

This translates into a 13,33 percent decline.

Pitso said the decrease could be attributed to effective law enforcement and planning.

"This was shown by law enforcement efforts in the province that resulted in 20275 vehicles being stopped and screened," Pitso said.

He said 244 people were arrested for driving without licences or with unregistered vehicles, 10 for driving under the influence of alcohol, 422 for speeding, 120 for brakes failure, 92 for overloading, 488 for not fastening seat belts, 15 for using cellphones while driving and 58 for crossing the barrier line.

Pitso said the youth in the province, and in the country in general, constituted the highest number of motorists who violated traffic rules.

"The youth are the ones who are causing more accidents on the country's roads."

l Meanwhile, the traffic official who was killed when a speeding motorist knocked him down in Moria during the Easter pilgrimage was buried at the weekend.

Inspector Thabo Shadrack Makwala, who was attached to the Capricorn district traffic office, was laid to rest on Saturday in Seshego, outside Polokwane.


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