Eastern Cape records over 110 road deaths since beginning of December

The provincial transport department says most crashes have been happening at roads that are being upgraded.

FILE: Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana launched the department's Festive Season Road Safety Plan earlier today. Picture: freeimages.com.

CAPE TOWN - More than 110 fatalities have been recorded on Eastern Cape roads since the beginning of the month.

The provincial transport department says most crashes have been happening at roads that are being upgraded.

Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana launched the department's Festive Season Road Safety Plan earlier today.

Tikana has promised a clamp down on drivers who are ignoring the rules of the road

"Drivers are not complying with road regulations and laws by driving fast, overtaking in wrong areas and those are the challenges in the behaviour of drivers."

Meanwhile, bloodstocks are running low this festive season, with only enough stock left for the next two days.

Communications manager at Western Province Blood Transfusion Services, Irene van Schalkwyk, says the current shortage is worrying as blood is the only thing that could save many peoples' lives this Christmas.

Van Schalkwyk says blood donations can be made at Blue Route Mall, N1 City Mall and 22 Long Street in Cape Town.

"If you are healthy, aged 16 or older, weigh more than 50 kilograms with safe lifestyle and would like to save three lives in just 30 minutes you can donate blood."