Accidents rife on local roads

Some eyewitnesses also stated that drivers tend to overtake on a barrier line with no regard to the oncoming traffic.

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The Bulletin Newspaper

Sunday afternoon saw the resources of the emergency services stretched as they had to respond to three accidents at roughly the same time.
Despite all the publicity in the local newspapers, as well as the national news, accidents continue to occur at an alarming rate in the Govan Mbeki municipal area – especially on the N17 toll road. The accidents do not only happen on the N17, but the local roads surrounding the towns in GMM also suffer the same fate.
One of the main reasons for the accidents is the motorists’ impatience, according to some of the emergency personnel. Some eyewitnesses also stated that drivers tend to overtake on a barrier line with no regard to the oncoming traffic.
Early unconfirmed reports stated that an accident on Sunday afternoon near Trichardt was caused when the driver of a white LDV allegedly overtook on a barrier line and collided with an approaching vehicle. Fortunately, no fatalities occurred.
As mentioned in a previous report of The Bulletin, the N17 is one of the top 20 most dangerous roads in South Africa and should be driven with caution.
Another factor that most drivers miss is the fact that the speed limit between Trichardt and Bethal is 100km/h and not 120km/h.
The accidents on Sunday occurred on the N17 near Trichardt, another near Emba and one on the road towards Kriel from Kinross.

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