Festive Season fatalities declines by 11%

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Festive Season fatalities, South Africa 2017/18
Festive Season fatalities, South Africa

The preliminary 2017/18 Festive Season report indicates an 11% decline in fatalities on the roads when compared to the same period in the previous year.

“Our preliminary festive season fatalities for the period starting 1 December 2017 to 9 January 2018 show that there were 1 527 people who died on the roads in that period compared to 1 714 fatalities in the same period the previous year,” Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi said.

Minister Maswanganyi said the figure represents an 11% decline which surpassed the 10% target.

He was addressing a media briefing in Tshwane on Monday where he officially released the preliminary 2017/18 Festive Season road safety report.

“When considering the entire holiday period from 1 December 2017 to 15 January 2018, there were 1 676 fatalities compared to 1 875 fatalities for the same period in the previous year,” Minister Maswanganyi said.

  • Western Cape, North West record increase in fatalities

The department has recorded a noticeable decline in the number of fatalities in seven provinces with the exception of the Western Cape and the North West provinces which recorded 7% and 11% increases, respectively.

  • Limpopo, Free State, KZN record reduction in fatalities

Limpopo managed to achieve the highest reduction in the number of fatalities followed by the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal.

  • Drunken driving, arrested motorists

While drunken driving was a major focus area during the period under review, there was however a decline in the number of motorists arrested for drunken driving from 5 943 in the 2016/17 period to 3 301 in the 2017/18 period.

  • Speed a major headache

Five motorists were arrested in Limpopo, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape for driving at speeds exceeding 220 kilometres an hour in a 120 km zones.

  • Traffic violation notices decrease

The number of traffic violation notices showed a decrease as 453 263 violations were recorded in the previous period compared to 304 603 in the period under review.

There was a decline in the number of people who were fined for failing to wear safety belts and the number of discontinued vehicles.

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