1,612 people killed in road accidents across South Africa this Christmas holiday (SEE STATS)

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There were 1, 612 deaths on South African roads during the festive season.

This is according to the preliminary Festive Season Road Safety Report‚ that transport minister Blade Nzimande released in Pretoria yesterday.

“Although we have not succeeded in achieving the goal of a 10% reduction in fatalities over this period‚ we shall not despair. We will continue to take incremental steps until we reach our goal‚” Nzimande said.

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The report covered the period from the December 1, 2018 to January 8. Despite the road safety programmes by the department‚ the death toll rose to 1, 612 from last year’s 1, 527.

Nzimande quoted The World Health Organisation’s Global Status Report on Road Safety‚ released last month‚ which stated that 58% of road traffic deaths in SA involved alcohol and that the seatbelt wearing rate was as low as 38% for drivers and 31% for front-seat passengers. According to yesterday’s report‚ “At least 36% of people dying from road-related incidents this year were passengers.”

This is an increase from 34% recorded last year. The provincial breakdown of accidents and deaths is:

Eastern Cape‚ 195 crashes with
– 238 fatalities;

Free State‚ 95 crashes with 159
– fatalities;

Gauteng‚ 208 crashes with
– 219 fatalities;

KwaZulu-Natal‚ 267 crashes with
– 328 fatalities;

Limpopo‚ 138 crashes with
– 178 fatalities;

Mpumalanga‚ 123 crashes with 162 fatalities;

Northern Cape‚ 42 crashes with
– 54 fatalities;

North West‚ 93 crashes with 125
-fatalities; and

Western Cape‚ 125 crashes with
-149 fatalities.

A comparison of this year’s statistics with those for the same period last year shows the Northern Cape‚ Free State and Eastern Cape recorded the highest percentage increases in fatalities.

– Sowetan


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