Plan to curb road fatalities
Rustenburg – North West member of the executive council (MEC) for community safety and transport management Sello Lehari has called for the implementation of new policies to curb road fatalities.
On Tuesday 4 February, Lehari released statistics of the accidents and fatalities experienced on the provincial roads during the festive season.
A total of 104 people lost their lives in the North West province from Sunday 1 December 2019 to15 January.
Lehari pointed out that the department had spent time, resources and money on campaigns such as Arrive Alive. He said additional campaigns, which would run throughout the year, would go a long way in reducing the number of road fatalities.
“Bojanala had the highest number of fatalities with 39, followed by Ngaka Modiri Molema with 27, Dr. Ruth Segomotsi Mompati with 23 and Dr. Kenneth Kaunda with 13,” he said.
“A significant number of pedestrians were part of these statistics. A total of 52 lost their lives, which is 13 more than the 2018 and 2019 statistics,” he added.
When compared to the 2018 and 2019 fatalities, the North West achieved a reduction of 16% this time around.
“Although the province should have done more, we are happy that we recorded 18 fewer deaths,” Lehari concluded.
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