December road deaths increase to 676

There have been 676 deaths on SA's roads since the beginning of the festive season.

The wreckage of a car involved in an accident on the N1 between Laingsburg and Beaufort Wes on Sunday 16 December 2012. Picture: Melvyn Boiskin/iWitness.

JOHANNESBURG - The carnage on South Africa's roads continues.

Since the beginning of December 676 deaths have been recorded arund the country.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation said it was too early to compare figures to 2011.

The corporation's Ashref Ismail said one particular kind of crash is of major concern.

"Out of the 11 major fatal crashes, seven were as a result of head-on collisions."

Meanwhile in Cape Town the Western Cape Traffic Department said it was saddened by the deaths of two young children the provinces roads in the past few days.

A 12-year-old boy died near Beaufort West on Saturday, while an eight-year-girl old died on the N2 outside Caledon on Tuesday.

Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said parents and guardians should take responsibility for minors in their vehicles.

"Make sure that your passengers, especially youngsters, are buckled up. The law says it is the driver's responsibility to make sure any person under the age of 14 is buckled up."

Speed, fatigue and not buckling up have been identified as the main causes of road deaths this festive season.

Africa said tired motorists were still a big problem.

"The high priority during this time is fatigue, it is a killer and we really need to do something about this. The only way we can stop it is to make sure that when we travel, we stop every two hours or 200 km."

The Western Cape Transport Department said on Monday about five people lose their lives on provincial roads each day during the festive season.

Since the beginning of December, 89 people have already died on Western Cape roads compared to the 66 during the festive season last year.

This amounts to a 35 percent increase.