Road death toll more than 1200 - RTMC

More than 1200 people have now died on the roads during the festive season.

More than 1200 people have now died on the roads during the festive season. Picture: Melvyn Boiskin/iWitness.

JOHANNESBURG - The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) on Monday revealed in its preliminary statistics that just over 1200 people died on the country's roads in December.

The latest results show a slight increase from the ones released after Christmas day, where 1068 people died in fatal crashes.

The RTMC said it expected traffic volumes to recede on Monday afternoon as holidaymakers reached their destinations.

Another peak was expected on Tuesday.

The corporation's spokesperson Ashref Ismail said there were no major accidents in the past four days.

"The preliminary statistics from 1 December to 30 December, which were reported to the RTMC by the South African Police Service, are 1006 car crashes resulting in 1207 fatalities."

Ismail said traffic authorities will be on high alert throughout the country.

"In New Year's Eve, we are expecting festive celebrations to reach a peak. We urge people to enjoy responsibly."