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Impact of road safety campaigns questioned

The number of Easter road deaths increased this year, sparking questions about safety campaigns.

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JOHANNESBURG - There's scepticism around the efficiency of the country's road safety campaigns after

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters announced that Easter weekend road deaths increased sharply this year.

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

South African National Taxi Council president, Philip Taaibosch, says authorities must continue to educate motorists.

AA South Africa's Marius Luyt says authorities must make sure the right legislation is in place to successfully prosecute and punish drivers who are in the wrong.

Peters on Wednesday said the road death toll was high over the Easter weekend because it coincided with the end of the month, pay day and school holidays.

She said statistics showed that at the end of the month there were always problems on South African roads, adding that the high figure was unavoidable this Easter weekend.

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.