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Huge increase expected in Eastern Cape road deaths for 2016/2017

Jan 9, 2017
Huge increase expected in Eastern Cape road deaths for 2016/2017

Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters, is expected on Tuesday morning to officially release the 2016/17 festive season road crash and fatality figures during a media briefing to be hosted by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) at the Protea Hotel in Midrand.

During the 2015/16 festive season, the Minister announced that 278 people had died on the province's roads.

According to media tallies, the Eastern Cape recorded an increase in road deaths over the 2016/17 period. More than 320 people are believed to have perished on the provinces roads over the festive season - many around and after Christmas and the New Year holidays.

Alcohol and reckless driving have been identifed as the major contributors to the road carnage - that is despite authorities increasing efforts to reducing road deaths through awareness campaigns and strict law enforcement that saw thousands of officers manning roadblocks in the province and across the country.

Enforcemant saw thousands of vehicles either being discontinued or impounded during the period.

Many drivers were also either arrested or fined for various traffic violations.

Minister Peters' report will reveal whether this worked or not. 

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In her report last year, the Minister said that from Dec 1 2015 to January 11 2016, 1 387 fatal crashes were recorded - an 11% increase compared to 2014 which saw 1253 crashes were recorded.

Actual fatalities increased by 220 (or 14%) to 1 755 from the 1 535 recorded over the same period in 2014/2015.

The media briefing will be attended by authorities responsible for traffic law enforcement, MECs for Community Safety and Liaison/Transport, non-governmental organizations that specialize in public transport, youth road safety forums and other sectors.