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2013-12-18 08:09

FESTIVE SEASON TAKES A GRIM TOLL: Since December 1 2013, 550 people have been killed on SA’s roads. Image: SHUTTERSTOCK

At least 550 people have died on South Africa’s road since December 1 2013, reports the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC).
The RTMC reports 459 fatal crashes nationwide with Gauteng recording 99 crashes from December 1 – 16 2013.

RTMC acting chief executive officer (CEO) Gilberto Martins says dangerous overtaking, speeding as well as drinking and driving were contributing factors.

Breakdown of crashes per province: December 1 - 16 2013

Gauteng - 99
Kwa-Zulu Natal - 89
Eastern Cape - 57
Mpumalanga - 51
Free State - 40
Western Cape - 40
Limpopo - 38
North West province - 30
Northern Cape - 15
Total - 459

Martins said: “There was an arrest made in KwaZulu-Natal where a BMW driver was caught driving at 221km/h (in a 120km/h zone) on the south coast on the N2, Ellingham. He was released on R5 000 bail.”

The RTMC also reports that 22 drivers were arrested for drunk driving in the North West.

Martins said it was important for the public to work with traffic officials and to report unroadworthy vehicles and drivers who exceed the speed limit. He said the RTMC would have various road safety campaigns ahead of the festive season and asked the public to become involved.

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