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DA calls for intensified road safety campaigns

The transport minister announced a 46% decrease in the Easter weekend road death toll.

Democratic Alliance logo. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for ongoing and intensified road safety campaigns throughout the year.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters yesterday announced a 46 percent decrease in the Easter weekend road death toll in the country.

There were 156 deaths on the roads this year, compared to 287 fatalities in 2015 over the same period.

The DA's Manny de Freitas said, "We need to make sure that it's a multifaceted approach and ensure that it's not just advertising where we tell people to buckle up, but actually enforce the law. There are also other methods like education at schools because all of this really just starts at a very young age."

Meanwhile, Justice Project South Africa believes the death toll figures presented yesterday are misleading and inaccurate.

The Justice Project's Howard Dembovsky says the Easter weekend was preceded by another long weekend and fell within the school holidays, affecting the number of people on the roads.

"The spread of the volume of traffic travelling on our roads has been more widespread this year, as opposed to last year. The less vehicles you have on the road at a particular time, the less chance there is of them crashing into one another."