Pedestrian killed on the R40

Crossing the busy R40 between the capital city and Riverside is a risky undertaking. It proved to be fatal for a man who was hit by a vehicle at the Old Pretoria Road intersection just after midnight on Friday.

Sgt Gerald Sedibe, police spokesman, confirmed that the man was hit by a sedan just after 00:00 while attempting to cross the road with a friend. The driver also sustained injuries, according to police records.

This was after the Mpumalanga Department of Community Safety, Security and Liaison ran a global campaign in May to promote pedestrian safety and to try to curb road accidents.

It ran for a week and focused mainly on pedestrian safety as statistics had shown an increase in road fatalities.

According to the records, the major cause in unnatural deaths in the province was road accidents. The second highest was pedestrians killed on roads and then crime.

From January to date, there have been 990 accidents involving pedestrians and 197 have been killed. Safety and security spokesman Mr Joseph Mabuza said this campaign formed part of the Decade of Action, which aimed to cut down on accidents by 50 per cent in 2020 through education and enforcement.

He said in order to achieve this goal, the department needed to conduct educational tours with stakeholders such as the Red Cross, municipalities and the SAPS, schools and communities to educate people about road safety.

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