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Road death toll disheartening - Carlisle

Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle says they did everything possible to prevent road accidents.

Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle on Thursday said the province's festive season road death toll was discouraging.

Traffic authorities were aiming to lower the number of road deaths these holidays.

Instead more people have died in accidents compared to the same period in 2011.

Road accidents have claimed 145 lives since the beginning of December, compared to 136 in 2011.

Carlisle said they did their best.

"We've done every conceivable thing we can do to reduce the death toll. We've had every possible officer out there."

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa reiterated that fatigue is the main killer.

"Most of these accidents occurred between 8pm and 6am, where drivers got tired behind the wheel."

Africa added nearly 25,000 motorists were caught speeding in the province's roads since 1 December.

Over 1,000 people have died on the country's roads since the beginning of the festive season.

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