January 3rd, 2007 | Published in General News
The festive season death toll on South Africa's roads has dropped despite an increase in the number of cars and drivers, the department of transport said today.
Ntau Letebele, the department spokesperson, said 1 366 people had died in 1 168 crashes over the December 2006 period — a drop from 1 454 deaths in 2005. “This is despite the increase in vehicle population to 8.1 million and driver population to almost 7.7 million.”
KwaZulu-Natal had the most fatalities with 299 deaths, followed by Gauteng where 265 people were killed. The Eastern Cape had 166, Mpumalanga 129, the Western Cape 121, the Free State 117, North West 113, Limpopo 99 and the Northern Cape 57, the department said.
Most deaths were pedestrians with 547 killed, followed by 454 passengers and 365 drivers. “Crashes do not just happen – they happen because of certain real contributory factors,” said Letebele.
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