Steady drop in Western Cape road deaths
Cape Town - The number of road deaths in the Western Cape had decreased by nearly a quarter in 2011 compared to 2008, transport MEC Robin Carlisle said on Tuesday.
"While 1 739 people died on our roads in 2008, that figure dropped to 1 567 in 2009, 1 487 in 2010, and 1 321 in 2011," he said.
Festive season road fatalities had come down from 259 to 243 in the province.
Carlisle was disappointed the reduction was not greater, but said the province had learned "valuable lessons" for the future, particularly regarding long distance minibus taxi traffic.
There had been 483 roadblocks in the province during December and January, with 161 989 vehicles pulled over for checks.
He said 3 250 long distance public transport drivers had been forced to rest for up to four hours as part of "fatigue management" on the N1 to the Eastern Cape.