SA festive road season fatalities hit 1,612

Transport Minister Blade Nzimande briefed the media on the festive season road safety report, which covers the period from 1 December 2018 to 8 January 2019.

FILE: Blade Nzimande. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Blade Nzimande has reported that 1,612 people died on South African roads during the festive season, which covers the period from 1 December 2018 to 8 January 2019.

The minister briefed the media on the festive season road safety report

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Nzimande says his department is concerned about crashes involving buses and taxis and he says officials have noted many of the drivers involved in these crashes were from neighbouring countries.

The minister has also promised to clamp down on license centres involved in fraud.

Nzimande says pedestrian and cyclist fatalities decreased by 2% while driver deaths remained at 27%.

He also says there was a 7% decrease in road deaths in the second half of the holiday season.

However, when looking at the overall picture, the death toll has increased.

Nzimande says taxis are a concern.

“Thirty-six percent of people that died from road-related incidents were passengers. This is a 2% increase from the 34% that was recorded last year. It reflects, amongst other things, the high occupancy vehicles which were involved in fatal crashes”

He says drunk driving also remains a major cause of the high road death toll.

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)