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Motorists urged to adhere to rules of the road

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters revealed SA's road death toll exceeds the global average.

FILE: The transport minister revealed that South Africa's road death toll exceeds the global average. Picture: Twitter @_ArriveAlive

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Traffic officials have again called on motorists to adhere to the rules of the road ahead of the Easter long weekend.

WATCH: Road carnage up by 14% compared to last year

More than a dozen people have died on the province's roads over the past few days.

Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said, "We want to urge our motorists to please come on board with us so that we can stop this ongoing carnage on our roads. We need to make a difference."

On Sunday, seven people died in a single collision between Montagu and Barrydale.

Two motorbike drivers and two pedestrians are also among the dead in fatal collisions this weekend.

At the same time in Johannesburg, Metro Police say at least 350 motorists were arrested in over the long weekend, for drunken driving.

Twenty-four others were taken into custody for speeding, including one motorcyclist, who was caught doing 213 kilometres per hour.

Last week, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters revealed South Africa's road death toll exceeds the global average.

She said road carnage in South Africa is at astounding levels.

Peters said her department is working with the Justice Ministry to ensure harsher penalties for irresponsible motorists.