Free State decreases road fatalities by 44% during Easter weekend


The Free State Department of Police, Roads and Transport has announced that road crashes over the Easter long weekend in the province have decreased.

A total of four people were killed in road accidents which occurred between Thursday, 18 April 2019 and Monday, 22 April 2019, which is when most people were travelling back home from various destinations.

The department added that this number is significantly lower compared to last year, when a total of 22 people lost their lives during the same time.

“Although the number of deaths on our roads has decreased, we wish to emphasise the fact that each and every death on our roads is one too many, and each and every death or serious injury is tragedy for the individual families, communities and for the nation at large,” said the department.

The decrease is attributed to the hard work of law enforcement officers on all major roads in the province and the benefits of the Department Road Safety Strategy, and the department encouraged road users to strive to increase respect for human life and to treat road carnage with the seriousness it deserves. – Seithati Semenokane