Five kids killed on prov­ince’s roads

The New Age (Western Cape) - - Northern Cape News - TI­ISETSO MANOKO ti­iset­som@the­newage.co.za

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

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