EC govt impounding stray animals to prevent road fatalities

More than 150 people have been killed on provincial roads since the beginning on December.

FILE: It is believed the driver of the truck veered off the road into oncoming traffic when he hit the vehicle.Robert Cohen/IWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Eastern Cape government is impounding stray animals which it says have been contributing to road fatalities.

More than 150 people have been killed on provincial roads since the beginning on December and the provincial department is concerned by these figures.

It plans to crackdown more on drivers and animal wondering on some of its highways.

The department's Ncedo Kumbaca said stray animals are a huge problem.

"We've also engaged the farming community, especially along R51 because we've got a serious challenge of the stray animals, especially in areas between Cofimvaba and Ngcobo, and Ngcobo to Mthatha.

"So there's a lot that we're doing, trying to be innovative, trying to respond promptly to the challenges of road safety in our province."

Kumbaca said the department will intensify its road safety campaign.

"We've lost more than 150 lives and we're very concerned and going forward we're going to make sure that we keep the stats as such. Although we know that accidents will always occur but we need to make sure that we save lives."

Meanwhile, there's been renewed calls for motorists to ensure that they are well rested when taking long trips this festive season, to ensure that they are alert.

The Free State health department said it's lost a dedicated emergency official after an ambulance overturned between Faurismith and Koffiefontein yesterday.

The 40-year-old official and her partner were returning from another accident scene when the ambulance overturned.

The cause of the accident is not clear - as there was no evidence of a burst tyre or an object that the ambulance crashed into - but its speculated that fatigue and strong winds caused the accident.

Spokesperson Mondli Mvamba said the morale amongst the ems officials is very low, with so many accidents to respond to over the festive season.

"Losing one among themselves it's a pain because it's spare questions as they respond to a life-saving incident."

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