Carnage on SA roads continues

Over 450 have lost their lives due to road accidents in the last five days alone.

Transport minister Dipuo Peters. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Over 450 people died on South African roads in the past five days, officials announced on Tuesday.

This despite efforts by traffic authorities to stop the carnage on the roads this festive season.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters yesterday announced that over 1,100 people died on the roads since the beginning of December.

While 2014 figures were still lower than those seen in 2013, officials say they're still concerned.

KwaZulu-Natal recorded the most deaths with 249 people, followed by Gauteng with over 174 people.

Peters says the death toll is still too high.

"We have seen a mass reduction in terms of the number of crashes as well as the number of fatalities but like we always say, one road death is one too many."

Speeding and unroadworthy vehicles are behind most fatal crashes.

Peters says only fools disobey the rules of the road.