Road accidents claim 1 050 lives in December

2010-01-04 00:00

AS 1 050 people died on the country’s roads in December, more than 600 000 vehicles and drivers were stopped and checked across the country, as part of the festive season Arrive Alive road safety campaign.

Logan Maistry, spokesman for the national Transport Department, said that according to preliminary reports, the 1 050 deaths comprised 276 drivers, 419 passengers and 355 pedestrians. He cited speed as a major contributory factor.

In December 2008, 1 348 deaths were recorded on SA roads.

Transport Minister S’bu Ndebele said yesterday that the country cannot continue to lose around 14 000 lives on the roads every year, costing billions of rands.

Traffic volumes are expected to increase over the next few days as many return home and to work.

Report bad driving at 086 140 0800.


Between December 1 and 31, more than 285 000 motorists were fined for speeding; 3 487 drunk drivers were arrested; 244 motorists were arrested for reckless and negligent driving; 2 517 unroadworthy vehicles were removed from the roads, including 1 209 buses and taxis; and thousands of drivers were fined for not wearing seatbelts and other offences.

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