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2013-12-30 13:20

TAKING A GRIM TOLL: South Africa contributes 14 000 people to the African road-death toll. Action is needed across Africa to reduce this appalling figure. Image: Sapa

A total of 124 lives have been lost on the Western Cape’s roads  in December 2013 at a rate of four deaths per day, compared to 149 deaths (five deaths per day) recorded during the same period in 2012, reports  transport and public works MEC Robin Carlisle.
Carlisle said: “Our dedicated efforts on our roads over this festive season have seen halve the passenger deaths compared to the same time in 2012 (29 deaths in 2013 compared to 59 deaths).

“These are terrific results following the launch of Safely Home’s “It Takes A Second To Save A Life” seat belts campaign focused on this vulnerable class of fatalities.”

According to the department, its figures mark a 17% reduction in December road deaths compared to the same period in 2012

The holiday period has taken a grim toll in December 2013:
•        The highest number of fatalities on one day was recorded on December 13th, with a total of 10 people killed.
•        The highest number of lives lost on December 26 over the past four years was recorded in 2013 - 8 deaths.

Carlisle said: “What has been of serious concern, however, has been the recent spike in pedestrian deaths with 60 deaths recorded as of the 29th of December 2013; this is the highest number of pedestrian deaths we have had in December for the past 4 years:”

Passenger deaths by year in the Western Cape:
•        December 2010 - 47
•        December 2011 - 42
•        December 2012 - 55
•        December 2013 - 60 (up until the 29th December)

Carlisle said: “This means that pedestrians are being killed at a rate of 2 per day on our roads, which is unacceptably high.  The festive season is by no means over. We will continue with our on-going enforcement efforts and campaigns to make our roads safer moving into the New Year. January will see many holiday makers making their way back home making our roads that much busier.

“I continue to urge all road users to vigilant when travelling; maintain safe speeds; not to drink and drive; pedestrians to be visible and not hazardous to motorists; vehicle occupants (especially children) to always be Buckled Up; motorists to take regular breaks when travelling long distances; and to ensure that they get Safely Home.”

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