Num­ber of crashes up, but fa­tal­i­ties down on N3 route

The Witness - - NEWS -

THE num­ber of crashes on the N3 route be­tween Gaut­eng, Free State and KwaZulu-Na­tal in­creased from 888 in 2017 to 999 in 2018, the N3 Toll Con­ces­sion (N3TC) has re­vealed ahead of the fes­tive sea­son.

“By this time to­mor­row morn­ing, we would have two truck crashes,” trans­porta­tion man­ager Miles le Roux told the me­dia dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion at the N3TC’s of­fices in Har­ri­smith.

This was re­vealed dur­ing an N3 me­dia tour to high­light the chal­lenges faced on the route ahead of the busy fes­tive pe­riod that is ex­pected.

Up to 15 000 ve­hi­cles are ex­pected to use the route on De­cem­ber 15, 2018, while close to 30 000 ve­hi­cles are ex­pected on De­cem­ber 24, 2018.

“The like­li­hood of ac­ci­dents dur­ing this pe­riod is less as there is more con­ges­tion and we have more au­thor­i­ties vis­i­ble on the route,” Le Roux ex­plained.

While most light ve­hi­cle-re­lated crashes are said to be caused by pedes­tri­ans, driv­ers have been found to be the main con­tribut­ing fac­tor in ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing heavy-duty ve­hi­cles.

“We try to make the route as safe as pos­si­ble, but we are de­pen­dent on the road user,” he added.

Sta­tis­tics also show that the num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties on the N3 de­creased by 34,3%, with 46 fewer deaths recorded in 2018. De­spite the 88 deaths recorded in 2018, the N3 re­mains the safest route in the coun­try. “I would say that with­out doubt the N3 is the safest route in the coun­try, we are way be­low the stats with ref­er­ence to crashes, etc.,” route main­te­nance man­ager Anesh Maden­lal said.

The N3TC wants to urge com­muters plan­ning to make use of the “world-class route” to travel dur­ing the day in­stead of at night.

“Don’t drive at 2 am for ex­am­ple, traf­fic is less at night and thus the like­li­hood of an ac­ci­dent oc­cur­ring is height­ened,” N3TC com­mer­cial man­ager Con Roux fur­ther ex­plained.

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