SA road death toll tops 1 000

2012-12-27 07:17
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Johannesburg - The death toll on South Africa's roads this month is likely to be above the 1 000 mark, according to reports.

The Star newspaper reported on Thursday that the Road Traffic Management Corporation said the number could be around 1 100 following another bloody long weekend on the roads.

The RTMC said it had noted the incidence of head-on collisions in many major crashes.

The Citizen newspaper reported that the figure of confirmed road deaths was "more than 1 000" and that Transport Minister Dikobe Ben Martins had said "horrific crashes" were largely due to dangerous overtaking; drinking and driving; excessive speeding at night; poor weather conditions and poor following distances.

Beeld reported that during the last festive season, between December 1 2011 and January 10 2012, there had been 1 771 road deaths and the year before that 1 551.

- SAPA
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