Peace on our roads.
ROADS in the Northern Cape claimed only one live over the Christmas weekend while the Northern Cape provincial government has reiterated that a zero tolerance approach will be taken against irresponsible road users as the festive season draws to a close.
Apart from the death of a pedestrian on Christmas Eve, no other fatal accidents were reported in Province this weekend. The Department of Transport, Safety and Liason is hoping to maintain this safety record as residents celebrate the arrival of the new year this coming weekend.
Spokesperson for the Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, Keitumetse Moticoe, said no major incidents were reported on Christmas Day, although traffic volumes were expected to gradually increase during the course of the week.
“Traffic volumes were minimal as most people had arrived at their destinations before the Christmas weekend. We continue to appeal to all road users to continue to abide by the rules of the road and avoid speeding and drinking and driving.”
She warned that traffic officials would enforce the law at all times to ensure the safety of all road users.
“More than 27 000 vehicles were stopped and checked for driver and vehicle fitness while 27 vehicles were removed from the roads.
Moticoe stated that 5 900 people were tested for driving under the influence of alcohol and more than 900 speed fines were issued.
“So far, through our operations, we have arrested 11 people for driving under the influence while another 12 have been arrested for speeding.
“Pedestrians must be visible at all times and avoid jaywalking.”
She appealed to parents and guardians to ensure that children were buckled up or were in child restraints during all journeys along with all other passengers.
One pedestrian was killed while several people were injured in accidents over the weekend.
The pedestrian died on the R31 towards Barkly West on Christmas Eve at about 9.30 pm after he was hit by a white Volkswagen.
Polie spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Dimakatso Mooi, said the police in Kimberley were investigating a case of culpable homicide.
“It appears as if the 24-year-old man was crossing the R31 road towards Soul City when he was hit by the vehicle. He was declared dead on the scene. No one has been arrested and police investigations continue.”
She added that the police in Windsorton were investigating a case of reckless and negligent driving following a collision on the N12 road on Sunday about 30 kilometres outside Warrenton.
“It appears as if the driver of one of the vehicles lost control, causing it to collided with the other. All the passengers and drivers were taken to hospital for treatment and no fatalities were recorded. Police investigations continue.”
She urged motorists to be careful on the roads and to ensure that their vehicles were roadworthy before travelling.
“Drivers must rest when they are tired and must remember not to drink and drive.”
Two people sustained moderate injuries after the BMW they were traveling in overturned and crashed into a tree on the road between Ritchie and Kimberley on December 23.
ER24 spokesperson, Ineke van Huyssteen, said paramedics arrived at the scene at about 9.29pm where they found two male patients outside the vehicle. They were transported to the Kimberley Hospital for medical treatment.
Mooi confirmed that the police were investigating a case of reckless and negligent driving after a vehicle apparently swerved off the road and hit a tree. She said all the victims were taken to a local hospital.
Police officers and provincial and municipal traffic officials conducted Christmas crime prevention operations, including stop and go searches, foot patrols, road blocks and raids at illegal liquor outlets over the weekend during which 310 suspects were arrested.
Mooi said the suspects were arrested on charges including murder, attempted murder, assaults, possession and dealing in drugs, illegal possession of firearms, possession of suspected stolen property, money laundering, rape, theft, housebreaking, shoplifting and dealing in liquor illegally.
She added that 93 fines were issued for various offences such as drinking in public, driving without license, unlicensed vehicles.
Mooi stated that dangerous weapons, drugs, dagga, liquor and firearms and ammunition were also confiscated during the operation.
The suspects are expected to appear in the various magistrates’ court soon.