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'Alcohol cause of most accidents'

South Africans Against Drunk Driving says motorists think drinking and driving isn't a serious offence.

South Africans Against Drunk Driving says alcohol was most likely involved in the majority of road deaths over the festive season. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Organization, South Africans Against Drunk Driving says alcohol was most likely involved in the majority of road deaths over the festive season.

It's expected to be a busy weekend on the roads as scores of holidaymakers are making their way home ahead of schools re-opening next week.

According to government statistics more than 1,300 people have been killed on the roads since the beginning of December.

The organisation's Caro Smit says many motorists have the perception drinking and driving isn't a serious offence.

"Statistics say that 65 percent of the deaths are caused by alcohol. So that's drunk drivers and also drunk pedestrians. We tend to only talk about the dead but what we must remember is that 28,000 other people have been severely injured."