More road deaths on payday weekends

2014-09-25 15:49

Road fatalities on payday weekends increase by almost 24% in the Western Cape, provincial transport MEC Donald Grant has said.

“Analysis of 2014 fatalities data indicates that fatalities on payday weekends spike by as much as 23.6% compared with other weekends,” he said today.

The weekend starting August 1 was the worst recorded this year, with 26 fatalities, he said. Twenty people were killed the following payday weekend.

“While on average, 3.6 people are killed every day on Western Cape roads, this rises to an average of 6.2 people per day over payday weekends.”

Grant said the spike could be attributed to people having more money to travel and buy alcohol. He advised people not to use the roads after drinking alcohol, to wear seat belts and drive cautiously.

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