Festive season road deaths at 75

More than half of the fatalities on the roads, since the beginning of December, have been pedestrians.

More than half of the fatalities on the roads, since the beginning of December, have been pedestrians.

JOHANNESBURG - At least 75 people have been killed on Gauteng roads since the start of the month with more than half of the fatalities pedestrians.

Gauteng traffic has set up 24-hour road blocks across the province in a bid to curb the rapidly increasing road death rate.

Officials have vowed to take a "no tolerance" approach to motorists and pedestrians alike found breaking the rules of the road this festive season.

Traffic spokesperson Obed Sibasa said, "The number of pedestrians dying on the roads is disturbing."

At the same time, the Western Cape traffic department will be following suit with additional roadblocks over the next few days.

About 57 people have died on the province's roads since the start of the month.

Provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa said, "If we can keep drunken drivers off our roads then we can keep the fatality and accident rate down."