690 people died on SA roads since the start of December
Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula, says 690 people lost their lives on South African roads from 1 December to 20 December 2020, compared to 732 people who passed away over the same period last year.
“While this represents a 5.7% decline year-on-year, it is no reason to celebrate. One life lost on our roads is one life too many. The total number of crashes has declined by 8% compared to the same period last year,” Mbalula said.
Releasing the preliminary festive season fatalities statistics on Tuesday at an event in Petroport, Panorama East, the Minister said six provinces have recorded a decline in fatalities.
“We are encouraged that these reductions make a positive contribution towards the realisation of our 20% target of reducing fatalities on our roads in 2020,” Mbalula said.
The Western Cape recorded a decline of 26.6%, with 69 fatalities compared to 94 in 2019.
Mbalula has called on all road users to exercise extreme caution as the country enters the second phase of the peak travel period.
“All our traffic law enforcement officers must remain vigilant and intensify efforts to stop the carnage on our roads.’’
"Our tactics will include visibility in residential areas and in the proximity of places where festivities occur in order to deter those who would otherwise be emboldened to drive under the influence of alcohol,” he added.
Done By: Mitchum George