WC project reduces road deaths

Since the Average Speed Over Distance project went live, deaths on WC roads have dropped.

Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Transport Department says since the implementation of its Average Speed Over Distance project there have been fewer deaths on the province's most dangerous roads.

The project makes use of state of the art cameras which calculates the average speed of a vehicle from the time it passes the first camera until it passes the second device.

Speedsters face stiff penalties, including jail time.

Transport MEC Robin Carlisle rolled out the third phase of the project on the West Coast region on Sunday.

"When we didn't have it up in 2011 we had 86 casualties. And then we put the system and the number of casualties dropped to 38 in 2012."