Death toll lower than last year but there’s still too much carnage on our roads

By admin
10 January 2014

A miserable 38 deaths a day were recorded on South African roads during the festive season.

We have the same conversation every year and it seems nothing changes. When some families were celebrating Christmas day with their loved ones, others were in mourning. Over 855 people died on our roads by Christmas Eve from more than 700 road accidents throughout the country.

Between 1 December 2013 and 7 January 2014, a total of 1 376 people were killed in 1 147 accidents on South Africa's roads during the festive season transport minister Dipuo Peters announced. This translates to about 38 deaths a day (it could change once all the figures have been confirmed).

KwaZulu-Natal recorded the highest number of crashes and fatalities with 284 fatalities and 237 accidents. Following KZN is Gauteng with 268 deaths and 223 accidents.

The least number of accidents and fatalities were recorded in the Northern Cape with 36 crashes resulting in 43 fatalities. Followed by the North West province with 73 crashes resulting in 88 fatalities.

Other provinces stats:

Western Cape: 95 accidents resulting in 114 fatalities

Free State: 101 accidents resulting in 121 fatalities

Limpopo: 112 accidents resulting in 134 fatalities

Mpumalanga: 112 accidents resulting in 134 fatalities

Eastern Cape: 158 accidents resulting in 190 fatalities

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