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Less deaths on Western Cape roads

Robin Carlisle says the death toll for the festive season so far is 35 percent lower than last year.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape's road death toll for the festive season is so far 35 percent lower than the year before.

Provincial Transport MEC Robin Carlisle says campaigns aimed at encouraging motorists to buckle up and not speed are paying off.

Over 600 people have died in accidents across the country since the 1 December.

But Carlisle believes the Cape is one of the provinces with the lowest road death tolls so far this festive period.

"We are lower in every single category except motorbikes which is an area that has been going up steadily for quite some time. We've had one fatal cycling accident this year compared to five last year."

Meanwhile, the Road Traffic Management Corporation RTMC has urged motorists to obey road laws in order to prevent fatalities on the country's roads.