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WC death toll up, cyclists spared

2012-05-13 17:26

Cape Town - Robin Carlisle, MEC for transport and public works in the Western Cape, has released road fatality statistics for April 2012.

"The total number of deaths on our roads over April 2012 is 107, five more than the 102 of 2011," he said, attributing the increase to the two long weekends during the month.

Carlisle added that the report showed that more drivers, motorcyclists, passengers and pedestrians were killed in 2012.

"Forensic pathology statistics show that for the first time since 2008, not a single cyclist died."

DEATHS DURING HOLIDAYS

According to the statistics, compared to the same period (January - April) over the past five years, road deaths are decreasing.

Carlise added: "What these numbers tell us is that while fatalities are dropping overall, holiday periods remain the most dangerous times of the year to be on the roads."

The overall tally of deaths on the province's roads since January are 402:
January - 104 (109 over the same period in 2011)
February - 99 (129 in 2011)
March - 92 (147 in 2011)
April - 107 (102 in 2011)

Road death toll breakdown: April 2012
Driver - 22
Passenger - 22
Motorcyclist - 8
Cyclist - 0
Pedestrian - 55

Previous road death tolls in the Western Cape: Between January and April
2012 - 402
2011 - 487
2010 - 502
2009 - 537
2008 - 562
 

Comments
  • Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-13 17:47

    Picture if all SA statistics are set out like this........that would be Interesting !!!!

      Squeegee - 2012-05-13 18:02

      Note that MORE than half are pedestrians, yet drivers are the target in most cases. How many were taxi related?

      Mogo - 2012-05-14 17:20

      "How many were taxi related? " Which ones weren't?

  • Peter - 2012-05-14 08:39

    As a comparison, publish the figures for the months prior to April. Not being nasty, but most Western Cape cyclists hang up their bikes after the Argus

  • Abdul - 2012-05-14 13:43

    107 people died on the WCs roads....So are we satisfied with the decline in figures???In feb there were 99 deaths and Mr Carlisle still says the "What these numbers tell us is that while fatalities are dropping overall, holiday periods remain the most dangerous times of the year to be on the roads." Hey, Feb is not a holiday period!!!!The truth is that our road carnage happens all year round!!!!Lets focus on educating drivers....take a look at wwwfatalmovesdotcom

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