Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has raised concerns over the increase in the number of pedestrians who continue to lose their lives on the country’s roads.
Two hundred and thirty-five people were killed over the Easter long weekend and pedestrians accounted for 35% of the fatalities. Mbalula released the 2021 Easter road traffic statistics yesterday.
Mbalula says pedestrians become vulnerable when they drink and walk, cross the road at dangerous points, walk on and cross highways and fail to wear visible clothing at night.
It’s understood most of the pedestrian fatal crashes occurred between midnight and 2 am when people were moving around in violation of the lockdown curfew.
The minister says his department has embarked on efforts to tighten the country’s laws to ensure harsher penalties were imposed on motorists who continue to undermine road regulations.