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.SPEEDING, DRUNK DRIVING, DANGEROUS OVERTAKING 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 2013Gauteng - 99Kwa-Zulu Natal - 89Eastern Cape - 57Mpumalanga - 51Free State - 40Western Cape - 40Limpopo - 38North West province - 30Northern Cape - 15Total - 459Martins 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.