With many holiday makers still not home yet, preliminary reports indicate that 158 people died in 109 accidents since the start of the Easter weekend. Once again, most of those killed were pedestrians.

With many holiday makers still not home yet, preliminary reports indicate that 158 people died in 109 accidents since the start of the Easter weekend. Once again, most of those killed were pedestrians.

By Monday afternoon, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal had the most deaths with 27, followed by Western Cape 25, Eastern Cape 24, Free State 15, North West 14, Limpopo and Gauteng 12 and Northern Cape 2. Of these, 62 were pedestrians, 42 drivers and 54 passengers.

Last year the Easter death toll was 179 with 19 in Mpumalanga, 40 in KwaZulu-Natal, 30 in Gauteng, 23 in the Eastern Cape, 19 in Limpopo, 18 in North West, 16 in the Western Cape, 12 in the Free State and two in the Northern Cape.

This year, a number of unroadworthy vehicles were taken off the roads. In KwaZulu Natal, five vehicles were towed away, 26 in the North West, 14 of which were taxis, in the Eastern Cape 104 were taken off, while in Western Cape 14 were parked for reasons varying from fatigue to unroadworthiness.

Also in the Western Cape more than 100 motorists were arrested for drunk driving during the long weekend while 5 430 were trapped for speeding. A weapons technician in the navy was caught doing 194 km/h in a 120 km/h zone near Klapmuts on Saturday.

He will appear in the Paarl Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Leonard Ramatlakane said the official should have been released on bail after appearing before a magistrate. "I disapprove of this conduct strongly, and I have demanded an investigation," he said.

The Arrive Alive information centre said it had received complaints about people driving on the shoulder of the road. “Driving on the shoulder of the road - left of the yellow line - is prohibited, expect in certain circumstances. You are only allowed to drive on the shoulder of a road with one lane of traffic in each direction. Driving on the shoulder of a dual carriageway is illegal. You are only allowed to drive on the shoulder while being overtaken by another vehicle,” said Ntau Letebele, spokesperson for the Arrive Alive campaign.

“We want impress on drivers that moving over to the shoulder of the road to allow vehicles to pass is a voluntary act of courtesy. No one should pressurise drivers of slower moving vehicles in front of them to move on to the shoulder by flashing their lights, hooting or making other signals, “ he said.

Original article from Car