Western Cape road traffic fatalities down by 4.3% in 2017

2018-01-25 17:57


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Cape Town – New data from Forensic Pathology Services in the Western Cape indicates that 59 fewer deaths occurred on the province's roads in 2017 compared to the previous year.
Farrel Payne, director of provincial traffic services, said the number of recorded road traffic fatalities in the Western Cape dropped from 1 374 to 1 315, which amounted to a 4.3% decrease.
Payne added that the past weekend's number of road fatalities was one of the lowest ever recorded.

"Five people were killed on Western Cape roads over the weekend, compared to an average of 15 fatalities every weekend in 2017," he said.
Payne attributed these improvements to enhancements in integrated planning and praised the commitment shown by law enforcement agencies and municipalities.

He added that strengthened partnerships with South Africa's national roads agency, Sanral, the Safely Home campaign and "engineering colleagues across the province are clearly bearing fruit", he added.
Payne warned all road users to exercise caution on the roads and for motorists to avoid drinking and driving. 

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