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Easter road deaths down to 193

In 2013, 241 people died over the same period, while 217 died in 2012 and 214 in 2011.

A total of 193 people died on the roads over the Easter long weekend. Picture: Stock.XCHNG.

PRETORIA - Around 193 people were killed on South African roads during the Easter long weekend, the Department of Transport revealed on Wednesday.

A total of 140 accidents were recorded by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) over the same period.

The total number of deaths is down from the previous three years.

In 2013, 241 people died over the same period, while 217 died in 2012 and 214 in 2011.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters released the preliminary figures in Pretoria on Wednesday afternoon.

She says the country's national routes experienced an increase in the number of vehicles travelling towards various destinations over the long weekend.

KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape accounted for the highest number of fatalities, Peters confirmed.

The department highlighted alcohol, substance abuse as well as reckless and negligent driving as some of the factors which contributed to the toll.

The department says it's making headway in reducing the number of road deaths.

A total of 2,041 people died on South African roads in 2013.