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WC reports decrease in road deaths

119 fatalities were recorded in December, a drop from 129 in 2013 and 157 in 2012.

FILE. 119 fatalities were recorded in December, a drop from 129 in 2013 and 157 in 2012. Picture: Netcare via Twitter

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape traffic officials say they've noticed a marked decrease in road deaths over the festive season compared to previous years.

One hundred and nineteen fatalities were recorded in December, a drop from the 129 deaths in 2013 and157 during the same period in 2012.

One thousand one hundred and 43 people have died on the country's roads since the beginning of December.

Authorities say while there's been a decrease in road deaths this festive season, they will still be keeping an eye on traffic pressure points ahead of this weekend's mass exodus.

They says traffic has already picked up on the major highways, as many holiday-makers head home.

The Garden Route and N1 Highway outside of Beaufort West have been earmarked as high pressure zones after a spate of fatal accident this festive season.

In a recent incident 1 person died after colliding with a truck on the so-called notorious road of death today.

Authorities say while they have stepped up law enforcement over the busy holiday period, road users are urged to be well rested before hitting the road, and not take unnecessary risks.

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