WC traffic plans to curb road fatalities

An analysis of road fatalities this year shows there has been a sharp increase of more than 23 percent.

Western Cape transport officials have launched a campaign to curb high payday weekend road deaths.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape traffic authorities say they will have to further bolster existing road safety plans in the province.

An analysis of road fatalities this year shows there has been an increase of more than 23 percent in road deaths, especially over payday weekends.

A total of 26 deaths were recorded over a payday weekend last month.

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says, "We've got the City of Cape Town on board with us so that we can curb this problem, especially with the 24/7 service that we are rendering."

On Thursday, Western Cape transport officials launched a campaign to curb high payday weekend road deaths, known as the #PayDayBlues campaign.

Department spokesperson Siphesihle Dube said, "Statistics released by Safely Home have revealed to us that our payday weekends are amongst the most dangerous with fatalities spiking during this time."