More lives lost on SA roads

At least four people including a baby were killed and 20 others injured in accidents.

The wreckage of a car involved in an accident on the N1 between Laingsburg and Beaufort Wes on Sunday 16 December 2012. Picture: Melvyn Boiskin/iWitness.

JOHANNESBURG - At least four people including a baby have died and 20 people have been injured during accidents on the country's roads the last 24 hours.

The Transport Department is expected to release the latest updated national death toll on Tuesday.

In the Free State, three people including a baby died when a taxi smashed into the back of a truck outside Ladybrand on Saturday afternoon.

It is believed that they were flung out of the taxi.

Eight people, who were injured in the crash, were taken to hospital.

In a separate incident, a motorcyclist died when his bike collided with a vehicle in Krugersdorp.

In KwaZulu-Natal, 11 people were injured in two separate incidents.

The death toll on the country's roads is now fast approaching the 900 mark.

Meanwhile, Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle has revealed more than 1,000 motorists have been nabbed for drunken driving in the province since the start of the festive season.

Carlisle joined several traffic officers at a roadblock on the N2 in Cape Town on Friday night.

At least 24 roadblocks are held in the province every weekend in a bid to drastically reduce drunken driving.

Carlisle says he was pleased only 13 motorists were nabbed for driving under the influence of alcohol at Friday's roadblock.

"There have been fewer arrests for drunken driving. I think the total is now about 1,050 since 1 December."

Carlisle says despite campaigns to promote buckling up, many people still are not.