Plato saddened by horror Cape crash

A couple and their two-year-old child were killed when their car hit a lamppost.

FILE: Community Safety MEC Dan Plato. Picture: Gadeeja Abbas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says he is saddened by the death of three family members in a horror crash in Cape Town on Christmas Day.

A couple and their two-year-old child were killed when their car hit a lamppost on the N1 highway near the Canal Walk Shopping Centre on Thursday.

It's believed the driver lost control of the vehicle.

Plato urged people to drive responsibly.

"Be careful, be vigilant, respect the rules of the road, respect one another and drive within the speed limit," the MEC said.

"At the end of the day, we all want to reach our destinations and we want to do it safely. We can reach our destinations if we are all patient."

Western Cape traffic officials say motorists travelling long distances will be forced to stop and rest if officers suspect fatigue.

Road blocks have been set up across the province in a bid to reduce road accidents.

Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa says, "If we stop a motor vehicle and we approach the driver, there are a lot of things we have to look at."

He says authorities will be on the lookout for red eyes to determine whether a driver has fatigue.

"You can spot that [fatigue] easily."

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters earlier this week released the festive season road death toll.

Latest figures showed 677 people died on the country's roads since the start of December, compared to 917 fatalities over the same period last year.