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.