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Transport minister pleased with decrease in Easter road deaths

The RTMC says there is already a 62 percent decline compared to the same period last year.

The N1 to Limpopo Easter traffic. Picture: Twitter EWNTraffic.

JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters is satisfied with the decrease reported so far in the number of road deaths this Easter weekend but says she remains concerned.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation says there is already a 62 percent decline compared to the same period last year.

LISTEN: Traffic plans in place for Easter weekend.

The department's spokesperson Ismael Mnisi, says although the decline in the death toll is an encouraging start to the Easter weekend, officials will not become complacent.

"Drivers don't exercise caution all the time so we would like to re-emphasise that point to be cautious and take responsibility."

Mnisi says drunk driving remains a major problem.

"We can't afford to have so many of our people dying as a result of this crisis taking place."

As usual the N1 to Limpopo and the N3 to Durban are seeing the highest volumes of cars per hour through the toll plazas.