Death toll down on Easter roads

Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters.

Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters.

All provinces, bar the Northern Cape, recorded a decrease in road fatalities over Easter.

This past Easter season has seen a welcome decline in the number of road fatalities, preliminary reports indicate.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters released the results in Pretoria this morning.

The report entails figures from 24 -28 March.

“The report indicates there were 156 fatalities this year compared to 287 fatalities for the same period last year. This represents a much welcome 46% decline,” said Peters.

All provinces recorded a decrease except for the Northern Cape.

“North West recorded the highest decrease of 71% with the number of fatalities reduced from 28 to 8. They were followed by the Free State with a 52% decrease of fatalities, reduced from 23 to 11. KwaZulu-Natal experienced a drop of 49% with fatalities reduced from 55 to 28,” Peters said.

The arrest of 913 persons for drink-driving and 502 for speeding, demonstrated concern the minister said.

“The highest speed record was in KZN travelling at 227km/h whilst in Gauteng the recorded speed was 206km/h.”

Two officers where arrested for soliciting a bribe and two others lost their lives – “killed by drivers who are reckless and do not value life,” Peters said.

 

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