Five kids killed on province’s roads
THE provincial transport department has called on motorists and pedestrians to abide by the rules of the road.
This comes after five children lost their lives on various roads in the province this week.
Transport, safety and liaison MEC Pauline Williams sent condolences to families and friends of people who lost their lives on the roads in the past weeks.
Williams yesterday visited one of the deceased children’s family, accompanied by departmental officials.
Three fatal accidents claimed the lives of 18 people, respectively, on the province’s roads since Transport Month started.
In one accident on the R31 near Kimberley, eight people from one family (Arries and Phale) died. Among the deceased were five children.
The department said six other people died 35km outside Kimberley when a bakkie travelling in the direction of Warrenton collided with a truck while four other people, including children lost their lives in an accident 20km outside Upington on the N14 when a Mercedes Sprinter collided with a VW Jetta with others sustaining injuries.
“It is sad that we continue to lose precious lives on our roads. I cannot begin to imagine the devastation upon the family but I was encouraged to see that they were united despite their grief,” she said.
Williams called on all road users to exercise caution on the roads to ensure that the number of deaths and crashes on the roads are reduced and lives spared.
“Let us take cognisance on the roads and not drink and drive.
“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility but we need to take responsibility for our children,” she said.
Williams said child passengers in vehicles were the most vulnerable and it was up to parents or guardians to take precaution and ensure that children were always buckled up or were in child safety seats.
CAR ACCIDENT PICTURE: ER24 EMS via Flickr