Traffic: authorities claim success as Christmas road deaths halved to 774, busy KZN still leads

2008-12-29 00:00

DEATHS on South Africa’s roads have almost halved this festive season when compared with the same period last year.

But KwaZulu-Natal, which remains the favourite destination for holidaymakers, still leads other provinces with the most deaths on its roads — 144.

Statistics from the national Transport Department show that 774 road users have died since the beginning of the month, compared to the 1 474 killed in the same period last year.

“The decrease is attributed to heightened enforcement operations and heavy traffic police presence on our roads since the start of the festive season,” said a spokesman for the national Department of Transport, Collen Msibi.

Despite the success in bringing down the deaths on national roads KZN’s death toll, which dropped by 122 from last December’s 266, is higher than the that of the other provinces.

Limpopo Province recorded the second-highest road death toll of 129, while Northern Cape had the lowest, at 25.

Msibi attributed the number of deaths on KZN’s roads to the province’s high volume of traffic contributed by holidaymakers, including those from other provinces.

“At this time of the year, KZN becomes busy as most people, including those from other provinces, visit the coast in numbers,” said Msibi.

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