WC MEC urges motorists to be vigilant as holidays draw to close

The province has seen an increase in road deaths over the holidays.

The provincial Transport department says Western Cape passenger deaths are up from 25 in 2014 to 49 in 2015. Picture: @_ArriveAlive via Twitter

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Transport department is concerned about the increase in the number of passenger deaths over the December holidays.

One-hundred-and-forty-three people lost their lives on the province's roads - that' an 18 percent increase on the previous year's death toll.

MEC Donald Grant says 49 of them were passengers.

"Most concerning is the number of passenger deaths, which are up 40 percent; from 25 in 2014 to 49 in 2015."

He has urged motorists to remain vigilant as they make their way back home after the holidays.

"We just urge all road users, particularly the drivers, to be vigilant when travelling, maintain safe speeds, don't drink and drive and we also urge pedestrians to be visible to motorists when walking on the roads."