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Carlisle: Road deaths down in the WC

The MEC says the public is responding well to safety campaigns.

Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle says more motorists and passengers are heeding calls to buckle up.

For the first 16 days of December, 66 lives were lost on the province's roads, considerably lower than the 89 deaths recorded for the same time in 2012.

There've been at least 550 road deaths across the country since the start of this month.

Carlisle says the number of passengers killed has dropped significantly in the Cape.

"People seem to be listening to our different campaigns and they are putting their safety belts on."