MOST DANGEROUS ROAD IN SA:
The N2 from KwaZulu-Natal‚ which winds its way through the Eastern Cape to the Western Cape‚ has been identified as one of the most hazardous holiday routes, based on last year’s fatalities by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC).
Traffic authorities and emergency services will monitor the country’s most dangerous roads as families travel to their year-end holiday destinations – on what for hundreds of loved ones will be roads of no return.
Most of the 1253 crashes between December 1‚ 2015 and January 11‚ 2016 happened on weekends and were caused by people breaking the law‚ such as being drunk behind the wheel‚ overtaking dangerously and jaywalking.
The RTMC said this week that there were 14 particularly hazardous routes to take note of this festive season.
SECOND MOST DANGEROUS ROAD:
The second-most dangerous stretch of road is the N1 spanning Limpopo‚ the Free State and the Western Cape where there were 67 fatal crashes over the holidays last year.
Other routes which registered high fatalities include:
- The R61 in the Eastern Cape
- The N3 in KwaZulu-Natal
- The N4 in Mpumalanga and the North West
- The N11 in Mpumalanga
- The N12 in Gauteng‚ the North West and the Western Cape.
HIGH ACCIDENT ROUTES:
- The R40‚ N17 and R23 are high accident zones in Mpumalanga
- The R33 in KwaZulu-Natal
- The N73 in the Eastern Cape
- The N7 in the Western Cape
- The R102 in KwaZulu-Natal
RTMC spokesman Simon Zwane said traffic chiefs hoped to reduce the carnage this year by focusing operations on days during which most collisions occurred and on factors that contribute to fatalities.
DAYS MOST ACCIDENTS OCCUR:
Fridays‚ Saturdays and Sundays are generally associated with a high number of collisions‚ including pay-day weekends and long weekends.
Drunk driving‚ speed‚ fatigue and uncontrolled pedestrian behaviour are some the human factors that will be policed‚ said Zwane.