Small decrease in festive season road deaths


The Department of Transport has revealed that 25 fewer people died in road accidents over the 2014 festive season compared to the same period in 2013.

According to Eyewitness News, a total of 1 143 people lost their lives in 980 crashes between December 1st and 30th, the most being in KwaZulu-Natal with a recorded 249 fatalities followed by Gauteng with 174 and the Eastern Cape on 161.

In a statement released by the Department yesterday, spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi called on road users to be vigilant and exercise caution as traffic volumes continue to increase with the amount of holiday goers returning home.

“Of serious concern are drivers who are fatigued, who drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs, undocumented drivers as well as un-roadworthy vehicles,” Mnisi said.

“The Minister makes an impassionate plea to all road users as they return from their holiday destinations and to those who are still on holiday to ensure that they use our roads responsibly and save lives. We are all ambassadors of road safety and together we can save lives and move South Africa forward”.


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