Transport Minister Dipuo Peters released the preliminary Easter weekend road death statistics at a briefing on Tuesday.
According to Peters, there has been a 46% decline in the number of deaths on the country's roads over the Easter holiday period.
Peters says traffic officials had a zero-tolerance policy towards drunken driving and speeding and she credited a number of factors to the dramatic decrease in fatalities over the holiday period.
Partnerships and collaborations with faith-based organisations, youth as well as the Disabled People South Africa (DPSA). But in particular, heightened law enforcement.— Dipuo Peters, Minister of Transport
Peters also explained that department had strengthened integrated enforcement with municipalities, provincial and national traffic police.
She says the motorists of South Africa have shown they are getting impatient with those who are misbehaving.
Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:
#EasterStats Peters: from 24 to 28 March - 156 deaths on the road, compared to 287 deaths for the same period last year. 46% decline. BB— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) March 29, 2016
#EasterStats Peters: 913 people arrested for drunken driving while 502 caught speeding. BB— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) March 29, 2016