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Festive season road carnage due to 'alcohol, speeding, overtaking, wet roads'

18 January 2022 3:16 PM
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Road deaths
Fikile Mbalula
Motoring
Road fatalities

Mandy Wiener interviews Eyewitness News reporter Kaylynn Palm.

1685 people lost their lives on South Africa’s roads over the 2021/2022 festive season, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula revealed on Tuesday.

The death toll is 14% higher than the 2020/2021 holiday period.

The highest increases in road fatalities were recorded in the Western Cape (+55%) and Northern Cape (+97%).

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Traffic police arrested 1586 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol and 605 for speeding.

Authorities issued 264 690 traffic fines, most for failure to wear a seatbelt and for driving without a license.

Mandy Wiener interviewed Eyewitness News reporter Kaylynn Palm (scroll up to listen).

There were more road deaths per crash… More passenger fatalities; people traveling in taxis and cars as well as driver deaths…

Kaylynn Palm, reporter - Eyewitness News

He [Mbalula] attributes this to… speeding, overtaking across barrier lines, wet or slippery roads… People driving drunk…

Kaylynn Palm, reporter - Eyewitness News



18 January 2022 3:16 PM
Tags:
Road deaths
Fikile Mbalula
Motoring
Road fatalities

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