SA festive season road deaths increase

SA festive season road deaths increase

SA festive season road deaths increase

INCREASING visibility and enforcing a zero tolerance approach to motorists travelling on the roads during the festive season will drastically decrease road fatalities,says the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) on Wednesday (today).

Sanco spokesperson Jabu Mahlangu says they have been made more resolute after Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters revealed that there was a “staggering 17 percent increase in road fatalities compared to last.

Statistics showed that “over 800 people have died on the country’s roads since December 1”, making it unacceptable, given that road related deaths are preventable, says Mahlangu.

“Motorists should also play their part by observing the rules of the road, adhering to speed limits, avoid drinking & drive, texting while driving,” says Mahlangu, adding traffic officers should be deployed for 24 hours in a cost-effective way at accident prone hot spots. – ANA