WC pedestrian deaths increase
At least 60 people were killed in the last 29 days on Western Cape roads.
CAPE TOWN - Fewer people have died on Western Cape roads this festive season compared to the same period last year.
While that is a positive development, the provincial transport department's problems are far from over.
Authorities say they are concerned about an increase in pedestrian deaths.
The Western Cape Transport Department has called the interim festive season statistics a bittersweet achievement.
Figures revealed a 50 percent dip in passenger deaths this year compared to the same period in 2012.
The breakdown shows that since 1 December, 124 people died in accidents on Western Cape roads.
Last year, 149 deaths were recorded.
The department attributes this drop to successful safety campaigns, like the one encouraging all road users to wear seatbelts.
But officials acknowledge they will have to do more to reduce pedestrian deaths.
At least 60 people were killed in the last 29 days.
This is the highest fatality rate among pedestrians recorded during this period over the past four years.