Number of crashes up, but fatalities down on N3 route
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.