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Dramatic rise in Easter weekend road deaths

Easter weekend road fatalities rose to 287 this year from 193 in 2014.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters releasing the Easter road fatalities for 2015. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says the road death toll was high over the Easter weekend because it coincided with the end of the month, pay day and school holidays.

The number of road fatalities during the weekend rose dramatically to 287 this year, compared to 193 the year before.

Peters says statistics show that at the end of the month there are always problems on South African roads.

She says the high figure was unavoidable this Easter weekend.

"It became glaringly clear that this Easter weekend was going to be the most challenging one, characterised by the fact that it coincided with the end of the month, the school holidays and various pilgrimages."

Most fatalities were caused by drunk driving, unroadworthy vehicles, speed and dangerous and negligent driving.

The most fatalities recorded were in KwaZulu-Natal with 55, followed by Limpopo with 44 and then Gauteng with 38.

#EasterDeaths Peters: law enforcement officials were also stopping government officials vehicles. MR

#EasterDeaths Peters: The trend has changed, pedestrian fatalities declined while passenger fatalities increased, as yourself why... MR

#EasterDeaths 36 355 drivers tested positive for driving under the influence of alcohol. MR

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