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More than 550 traffic incidents in Mpumalanga this December

Thirty-three pedestrians have been killed since December 1.

Mpumalanga Department for Community Safety, Security and Liaison (DCSSL) MEC, Pat Ngomane has urged traffic police to continue their hard work this festive season, despite the high number of road crashes reported across the province this month.

From December 1 to December 25, 555 crashes were reported in Mpumalanga. Of these, 111 fatalities were reported. The figure represents a reduction of 15,9 per cent for the same period last year, according to a statement released by the DCSSL.

Of those injured on the roads this month, 445 people sustained serious injuries. This is a reduction of around 3.8 per cent, in comparison to the same period in 2016.

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According to the report, the most common incidents were head-on collisions, side collisions, loss of control and vehicles overturning.

The report indicated that although the statistics are preliminary, Ngomane said that law enforcement officers should not be discouraged because if it was not for their concerted efforts, the situation could have been worse.

He indicated that the department will continue monitoring all roads coming in and out of the province in order to curb further crashes and the unnecessary loss of life.

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The MEC further pleaded for safe usage of the road, as a majority of the recorded crashes could have been avoided had greater care been taken.

He also reminded members of the public that they should not agree to be transported in unsafe vehicles or by intoxicated drivers, as this places their lives at risk.

According to the report, so far this month 441 arrests have been made, 105 875 vehicles stopped and searched, and 24 105 summonses. Around 300 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence, while 127 suspects were arrested for excessive speeding.

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