Easter weekend statistics
I find it quite alarming that we wish our readers a Happy Easter and then, a few days later, we report on all the incidents, traffic accidents, floods, fires and deaths. Each year these statistics seem to increase, no matter what prevention and safety programmes are launched and implemented. This year, the statistics shows a decrease but Easter fell out of the school holidays. We are not comparing apples with apples. Be that as it may, below is the official release.
The Minister of Transport, Dr Blade Nzimande, said that from 18 to 21 April 2019, there were 80 crashes where deaths occurred, which indicates a decrease of 40 percent, as compared with the same period in 2018. “A high decrease on absolute figures has been recorded for KwaZulu-Natal with 13 fatal crashes, followed by Gauteng with 11 fatal crashes,” confirmed Minister Nzimande.
Minister Nzimande added that, “There were 104 fatalities recorded from 18 to 21 April 2019, with a decrease of 41 percent from the previous Easter period. A high decrease on the absolute figures has been recorded for KwaZulu-Natal with 26, followed by Gauteng with 12 fatalities. The above shows that with determination, observance of the basic rules of road safety, and cooperation between government and road users, we can indeed defeat the scourge of road crashes.”
The Road Traffic Management Corporation announced on Monday, 22 April 2019, that at least 549 drivers were arrested for various offences during the Easter holiday, with 312 of them nabbed for drinking and driving. The highest speed recorded was in Gauteng, where a motorist was caught travelling at 196km/h along the N14 highway.
The statistics from the Minister’s office states provinces recorded the following fatalities:
Western Cape 9
Eastern Cape 9
Free State 2
North West 8
Northern Cape 2
However, in statements from Kenny Africa, traffic chief of the Western Cape the following was received:
Thirty-five people have died on the Western Cape’s roads over the Easter long weekend. It’s a sharp rise compared with the 27 people killed over this period in 2018. Western Cape traffic officials had hoped to reduce that number by at least 50 percent.
An intensive road safety enforcement plan wasn’t enough to prevent road tragedies. Traffic chief Africa said disappointedly, “We did everything in our power. We had roadblocks throughout the Western Cape Province, concentrating on drunk drivers.” Most of those who died were pedestrians. In the worst accident, eight people died on the R316 near Caledon in a head-on collision on Monday.
It seems the numbers don’t add up. But although Easter has come and gone, the traffic volumes are expected to stay high due to next week’s holidays.
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