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Festive accidents claimed 38 lives per day

A total of 1,184 people died on SA's roads during the month of December.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has revealed that a total of 1,184 people died on South African roads in December 2013. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - An average of 38 people died every day in accidents on South Africa's roads during the month of December.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has revealed that a total of 1,184 people died on South African roads last month.

Around 987 fatal crashes were reported over the same period.

The Department of Transport says most of the accidents were as a result of head on collisions.

More than 200 of the crashes happened in KwaZulu-Natal, while over 150 occurred in Gauteng.

The statistics seem to have slightly decrease compared to the same period in 2012 where 1,279 road deaths were recorded.

The RTMC's says Gilberto Martins says motorists need to work with government to tackle the problem and take individual responsibility for their actions.

"Drivers tend to do what they want until they get caught."

In the latest accident, nine people were killed following a head-on collision on 1 January between a truck and a taxi near Ramsgate in KwaZulu-Natal.

Eight people died on the scene and another person died shortly after.

At least 14 others sustained serious injuries and had to be rescued from the wreckage.

President Jacob Zuma has expressed concern at the high level of deaths on the country's roads and called on motorists to be more responsible as they make their way back home.

In September last year, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said the country's economy loses R306 billion annually as a result of accidents.