'Don't tempt traffic officers with bribes'

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has warned both motorists and traffic officers against bribery.

Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has appealed to motorists at the official release of the country's festive season road death statistics in Cape Town to "not tempt traffic officers with money."

A total of 1,368 people have died on the country's roads between 1 December 2014 and 5 January 2015. Peters said 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.

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

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

The figure dropped slightly by 0.6 percent compared to the same period the previous year.

The minister has warned both motorists and traffic officers against bribery.

"Our officers should not take bribes and we are happy about those that have actually arrested people who were offering them bribes and we'd want to enhance that and continue with it."

She said the nation's festive season road death statistics tell a consistent story of inconsiderate behaviour by road users.