With the 2018/19 festive season officially over TRAC says it is disappointed by the fact that there was an increase in the number of accidents on the N4 road. TRAC said in a statement that from 7 December 2018 to 8 January 2019, 219 accidents were recorded between Tshwane in Gauteng and Maputo in Mozambique, including 23 fatalities. Although the number of fatalities has decreased from last year, the agency said it was concern by the senseless loss of lives. The accident and fatality breakdown per region of the N4 Toll Route was as follows: Gauteng had 9 accidents and no fatalities were reported, Highveld 59 accident and 9 fatalities, Lowveld recorded 75 accidents and 9 deaths, while in Mozambique there were 76 accidents which claimed the lives of 5 people.
“Although TRAC and law enforcement agencies and emergency services were on full alert and highly visible on the road throughout the holiday season, high traffic volumes, driver negligence, reckless driving and the vast number of unroadworthy and overloaded vehicles on the road contributed to the increased accident count,” TRAC said.
“TRAC is deeply saddened by these statistics and conveys our heartfelt condolences to the families who lost loved ones. We also wish those recuperating from road accidents a speedy recovery. Furthermore, we want to thank the law enforcement and emergency services’ teams that operated along the route in a bid to keep the road safe.”
The agency urged road users to take responsibility of keeping South African and Mozambican roads safe.