1050 killed on SA roads in December

2010-01-03 13:05

One thousand people and fifty people have been killed on South

African roads during December, the Transport Department said yesterday.

“According to preliminary reports, 1050 deaths - 276 drivers, 419

passengers and 355 pedestrians, were recorded on South Africa’s roads between

December 1 and December 31,” said departmental spokesman Logan Maistry in a


“Speed has been reported as a major contributory factor to these


In the same period in 2008, 1348 deaths were recording on the

country’s roads.

During December this year more than 285 000 motorists were fined

for speeding.

Over 3000 drunk drivers and 244 reckless or negligent drivers were


Over 2 500 roadworthy vehicles, about half of

these buses and taxis, were removed from the roads.

“Thousands of drivers [were] also fined for non-wearing of

seatbelts and other offences.”

Maistry said traffic volumes were expected to increase over the

next few days as people returned home from holidays.

"Law enforcement officers will continue to be out in full force to

ensure safety on the roads,” he said.

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