Decrease in road deaths unacceptable - Minister


Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters, has said that she is disappointed with minimal decrease in the December festive season road death numbers.

Speaking at a media briefing in Cape Town on Friday, Minister Peters revealed that 1 368 people had died on national roads between December 1st and January 5th, a decline of 0.6% versus 2014. Out of fatalities, passengers accounted for the most with 39% followed by pedestrians (36%), drivers (24%) and cyclists (1%).

“Though we half-heartedly acknowledge the decline, we have no cause to celebrate as our people continue to be killed on our roads due to irresponsible and murderous acts of fellow road users,” the minister said, adding that drink driving placed a significant role in the number of deaths.

Out of the provinces, KwaZulu-Natal accounted for the most with 244 deaths followed by Gauteng (188), the Eastern Cape (158), Limpopo (138), Mpumalanga (105), the Western Cape (95), Free State (80), North West (75) and the Northern Cape (35).


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