On our roads this weekend
Nine people died on the roads over the past long weekend, four of them in two seperate accidents between De Rust and Oudtshoorn.
Three people lost their lives on Sunday 24 September when a driver lost control of his vehicle near the Dysselsdorp turn-off and the vehicle landed on its roof on a train track about 20m below the road.
Another person died and five were seriously injured on the same road the day before.
Liezl van Niekerk of Oudtshoorn Courant reports that an eyewitness said, one of the vehicles collided with a truck it was trying to overtake. Three of the vehicles following behind were caught up in the crash. When emergency services arrived on the scene, the truck was gone. According to the eyewitness the truck carried on driving after the accident.
Of the 26 motorists who were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, 10 were nabbed in the Garden Route. Seven of them were arrested in George, two in Mossel Bay and one in Knysna. Breath testing was performed on 2 442 drivers at 24 alcohol blitz roadblocks across the province.
Seventy-four speeding offences were recorded and 244 fines, worth R339 400, were issued.
One person died in the accident on the De Rust road on Saturday that involved several cars.