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Road death stats down by 0.6 percent

There were a total of 1,368 died on the country's roads between 1 December and 5 January.

FILE: Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says the nation's festive season road death statistics tell a consistent story of inconsiderate behaviour by road users. picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says the nation's festive season road death statistics tell a consistent story of inconsiderate behaviour by road users.

A total of 1,368 died on the country's roads between 1 December and 5 January.

The minister released the official road death figures earlier today.

Peters says there's been a slight drop of 0.6 percent in the number of fatalities over the past festive season compared to the same period the previous year.

"We want to bring down the average by 50 percent on the figures of 2010 by 2020. And if you see 0.6 percent, it shows that we are nowhere near getting to that point."

KwaZulu-Natal saw the highest number of fatalities followed by Gauteng.

The minister says, nationally, these deaths could have been avoided if road users behaved responsibly and abided by the rules of the road.