860 killed on SA roads already this month
Johannesburg - A total of 860 people have died from road accidents during the past three weeks, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said on Wednesday.
"As from the beginning of December 2010 until 21 December 2010, the fatalities are at 860 people from 717 crashes," said RTMC spokesperson Ashref Ismail in a statement.
"(This is) as compared to last year's 984 fatalities from 768 fatal crashes."
Ismail said this year there had been nine major fatal accidents with 59 deaths.
Since December 1 to this Tuesday, some 1,1 million vehicles and drivers had been checked and a total of 1 500 drunk drivers arrested.
"Road traffic volumes are bound to swell on all major routes leading to the coast on the N1 South and N3 as well as to the North (N1 to Polokwane and Zimbabwe) and the N4 East to Mozambique," he warned.