Average speed prosecution cameras and more police on the ground will be used to put the brakes on speedsters, officials say. File photo: IOL

KwaZulu-Natal - Average-speed prosecution cameras and more police on the ground will be used to put the brakes on speedsters on KwaZulu-Natal roads this holiday season.

Department of Transport spokesman, Kwanele Ncalane, said 1 000 officers would be deployed on the province’s roads over the holidays.

He said officers would have equipment to identify motorists with illegal licences or who had warrants for arrest out in their names.

Department of Transport head, Sbusiso Gumbi, said: “Since launching a road safety awareness campaign in October we have already lost 210 lives on our roads.”

He said traffic officers would be targeting popular holiday destinations in the province including Midmar and Hazelmere dams.

“Accidents don’t just happen they are caused,” he said.

Ncalane said they had identified the N2 North, N2 South between Port Shepstone and Kokstad, R617 between Underberg and Franklin, R102 between Durban and oThongathi (Tongaat) and R74 between Stanger and Greytown as the accident red spots.

Speaking in Umlazi on Thursday at the memorial service for eight members of the Nazareth Baptist Church who died in a road accident, Gumbi warned drivers to be careful of sudden changes in the weather.

Eight people died when the bakkie they were travelling in rolled off the N2 outside Port Shepstone on Saturday in misty conditions.

They were Wilfred Kunene, 29, Mduduzi Shangase, 32, Jabulani Ntuli, 35, Phelelani Gumede, 29, Zamokwakhe Jakuja, 34, Muzi Miya, 37 and Scelo Zuma, 25.

Four died on the scene and the other four later in hospital.

One of the four died on Thursday morning. His name has yet to be released. Gladys Sibiya, Kunene’s aunt, said they had lost the breadwinner. - Daily News