Mbalula: We’ve met our target to decrease road fatalities by 10%
The minister and officials from the Road Traffic Management Corporation addressed the media on the festive season road safety.
PRETORIA - Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on Thursday said the department had met its target to decrease road fatalities by 10%.
Mbalula and officials from the Road Traffic Management Corporation addressed the media on the festive season road safety. The minister said the number of fatalities between 1 December and 15 January had decreased from almost 1,800 last year to over 1,600 this year.
“111 people died on the roads in the Free State, 354 in KZN, 217 in Limpopo and 254 in Gauteng,” Mbalula said.
#RoadSafety Mbalula: the number of people who lose their lives on our roads is still alarmingly high and costs our economy about R167 Billion. KM— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) January 23, 2020
Mbalula said Gauteng and Limpopo were the only provinces that had an increase in road deaths.
“The province that recorded the highest reduction in fatalities is the Free State, which experienced a 35% decline followed by Mpumalanga with a 23% decline. Increases were recorded in Limpopo where fatalities increased by 12% and in Gauteng where they increased by 1%,” he said.
Mbalula said over 9,000 motorists were arrested for offences including drunk driving, speeding, and reckless and negligent driving.
#RoadSaety Mbalula: Our analysis demonstrates that the main cause of fatal accidents were pedestrians. They accounted for 40% of the deaths. KM— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) January 23, 2020