Western Cape passenger deaths drop by half from last year

2013-12-30 14:11

The number of passengers killed in road accidents in the Western Cape has decreased by half compared with last year, says transport MEC Robin Carlisle.

He said today that 29 people had died as passengers in vehicles between December 1 and December 29 this year, compared with 59 last year.

In this period, a total of 124 people lost their lives on the roads, compared with 149 deaths in 2012.

Carlisle said he was seriously concerned by the recent spike in pedestrian deaths, which was the highest in four years.

So far, 60 pedestrians had died on provincial roads this month. Last year, 55 pedestrians died on the roads in this period. In 2011, 42 pedestrians were killed.

“The festive season is by no means over. We will continue with our ongoing enforcement efforts and campaigns to make our roads safer as we move into the New Year,” he said.

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