Road safety message for KZN

Road safety message for KZN

Traffic authorities are pleading with pedestrians and motorists to exercise extra vigilance on the roads.


This follows four pedestrian accidents in the last  24 hours in KZN in which three people were killed. 

In the latest incident this afternoon an elderly man died after a car struck him on the N3 between the M13 and the Pavilion shopping centre in Durban.

Netcare 911's Chris Botha says the man is believed to have been in his sixties.

''When we arrived there we found the man's lifeless body lying in the roadway. Paramedics examined him and found that he had tragically died due to the very extensive injuries that he had sustained. The SAPS was on scene and are busy investigating the cause,'' he said.

This morning another man was killed after he was hit by a car while trying to cross a road in Umgeni Park. A six-year-old girl was critically hurt when a vehicle knocked her over in Isipingo, south of Durban late yesterday afternoon. 

The accident happened a few hours after an an eight-year-old girl lost her life after she was hit  by a car in Port Shepstone while walking home from school with her friends. 

eThekwini Metro police's Eugene Msomi is advising pedestrians to make use of pedestrian bridges and crossings where possible.

''If you are on a busy road just be aware that accidents do happen - which means that motorists and drivers who often make mistakes should be careful. You could be on the pavement and still get hit by a vehicle if it loses control. It is very important to be extra vigilant,'' he said.

(File photo)

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