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Road Traffic Accidents During Festive Season
Road Traffic Accidents

 8 January 2010

In one accident that claimed two lives along Tobane Selibe Phikwe, the driver lost control of the vehicle and it overturned, killing both the driver and the passenger. In yet another accident that occurred along Ramokgonami Road, the driver knocked and killed a pedestrian as he tried to  cross the road.

A total of 779 road accidents recorded countrywide during the festive season also resulted in 90 serious injuries and 201 minor injuries, slightly less figures, compared to 850 accidents that caused 133 serious injuries and 236 minor injuries during the same period last year. Majority of road accident victims were young people aged from 18 to 40 and accidents were more prevalent at different places, other than along the A1 road as usual.

Over speeding and drink driving were main causes of accidents across the country during this year’s festive season. A total of 3211 over speeding offences were recorded, compared to 3226 recorded last year. More drivers were arrested for driving without licenses as police charged 833 this season, compared to 777 charged during the same time last year. Further more, 104 drivers were booked for drink driving, compared to 78 booked last festive season.

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