Easter road death toll up

Statistics show that 241 people lost their lives on SA’s roads during the Easter long weekend.

Minister Ben Martins says thousands of vehicles were stopped on the road during the Easter period.

PRETORIA - The Transport Department recorded an increase in the number of road deaths over the Easter period.

Transport Minister Ben Martins released the preliminary figures in Pretoria on Monday.

Statistics show that 241 people lost their lives on South Africa's roads during the Easter long weekend.

The minister said more than 60 percent of the victims were pedestrians.

At least 214 people were killed on the roads over the same period in 2011, while 217 people were killed in 2012, Martins added.

He said traffic officials focused on illegal and unroadworthy vehicles as well as speeding and reckless driving.

"250,000 vehicles were stopped, resulting in the issuance of 79,056 notices and 1,024 vehicles were impounded."

Martins also said more than 850 motorists were arrested for driving well under the influence of alcohol.

WESTERN CAPE

The Western Cape Transport Department said there has been a 30 percent decrease in the number of road fatalities in the province over the Easter weekend.

At least 14 people died on provincial roads in 2013, compared to 20 during the same period in 2012.

The highest figure was recorded in 2010, where 28 people lost their lives during the long weekend.

Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle feels this figure is still too high.