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Western Cape records 23% drop in festive season road fatalities

The fatalities were down from the 207 deaths recorded over the previous period.

Western Cape Transport MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela (left) and Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa (right) at a media briefing for the province's festive season road death statistics in Cape Town on 29 January 2020. Kaylynn Palm/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Western Cape Transport MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela on Wednesday announced that 160 people were killed on the province’s roads between 1 December 2019 and 16 January 2020.

While it was a grim statistic, it was a 23% drop in road fatalities.

Fatal crashes reduced by 3% over 2019 festive season - Mbalula

The fatalities were down from the 207 deaths recorded over the previous period.

Madikizela said despite the drop, it was still worrying.

“People still continue to drive under the influence of alcohol, they speed and drive without wearing a seat belt. They also still drive cars that are unroadworthy and these are the things that are contributing to road accidents,” he said.

More than 490 people were arrested for drunk driving and 35 motorists were arrested for trying to bribe traffic officers.