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Road Safety Progress: North West Province Records Decline in December Crash Statistics

Published December 27, 2023
7 months ago

Authorities in the North West province of South Africa are acknowledging a noteworthy decrease in road traffic incidents, with 72 crashes recorded for December, a considerable decline from previous years. Sello Lehari, the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Community Safety, highlighted the decrease in the province, from historical figures of 147 and 118 crashes in 2021 and 2022, respectively. These past records also indicated 119 and 94 fatalities associated with such incidents.


The latest figures attest to a promising 17% reduction in fatalities compared to the same period last year, marking significant progress in the province's road safety efforts. As of this December, 51 deaths have been recorded. The timing of the crashes reveals critical insights, with the majority occurring between the hours of 6 pm and midnight, suggesting that these hours present higher risks for travelers and may require additional caution and vigilant driving.


In an encouraging development, authorities have noted that there have been no major crashes involving multiple deaths during this period. This suggests that the implementation of road safety strategies may be making an impact on preventing the most tragic outcomes on the roads.


However, a concerning trend has emerged, indicating an increase in traffic incidents on rural roads. In particular, the Ngaka Modiri District, which includes the urban centres of Mahikeng and Lichtenburg, was pinpointed as a hotspot, accounting for more than half of the recorded crashes in the province.


The Department of Community Safety has taken these statistics as a reminder that there is still considerable work to be done to ensure the safety of all road users. They continue to urge drivers to remain vigilant, especially during the identified high-risk hours and while traveling on rural roads.


These statistics are essential in guiding government efforts and public awareness toward areas that require intensified safety measures. Ongoing educational campaigns, stricter enforcement of traffic laws, improved road maintenance, and investments in infrastructure, especially across rural areas, are all measures that are being called upon to further reduce the risks and save lives.


As the festive season continues, the Department is actively working to maintain and build upon this progress in reducing road traffic accidents. For the safety of all residents and visitors in the North West province, the importance of road safety cannot be overstated and should be a priority for all travelers.



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