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RTMC calls for harsher punishment for reckless drivers

The Easter weekend death toll saw a massive increase from 193 in 2014 to 287 this year.

FILE: The Transport Department said the main causes of fatal crashes included speeding, fatigue, unroadworthy cars and drunk driving. Picture: Santi Steinmann/iWitness.

JOHANNESBURG - The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) on Thursday said there was a desperate need for more co-operation from the Justice Department in dealing with motorists who disregarded the rules of the road.

On Wednesday, the Transport Department released the latest Easter weekend statistics revealing a dramatic increase in deaths, which spiked from 193 in 2014 to 287 this year.

The department said the main causes of fatal crashes remained speeding, fatigue, unroadworthy cars and drunk driving.

The corporation's Makhosini Msibi said South Africans could not obey road rules, when a motorist who has been fined appears in court and has his fine significantly reduced.

"It will not assist us where we find people, for argument sake, we've given a ticket of R2,000 to R5,000 appearing before the court and it gets reduced to R300. They simply don't feel the impact."

LISTEN: Advocate Makhosini Msibi on road carnage over the Easter weekend