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2014-04-24 08:35

EASTER DEATHS DOWN: The road death toll over the 2014 Easter holiday has decreased from 241 in 2013 to 193. Image: SAPA

PRETORIA, Gauteng - The 2014 Easter holiday road death toll was 48 fewer - 193 against 241 - than that of 2013 according to preliminary data announced by national transport minister Dipuo Peters.

About 40% of those killed were pedestrians.

There were 148 fatal crashes against 201 in 2013, she said in a speech prepared for delivery in Pretoria. In 2012 there were 181 crashes and 217 deaths.

Peters said: "The report was compiled by the police, evaluated by the Road Traffic Management Corporation and verified by provincial heads of department of transport and their respective political heads."

'NEED TO DEAL WITH PEDESTRIANS'

KwaZulu-Natal had the most deaths (49 from 39 crashes), followed by the Eastern Cape with 36 (19), Limpopo 30 (23) and Gauteng 23 (22).

Mpumalanga had 19 deaths, Free State nine, Western Cape eight, North West seven and the Northern Cape six.

Pedestrians accounted for 40% for those killed over Easter 2014.

"This figure (proportion) has become an almost permanent feature in our statistics," Peters said. "We really need to deal with pedestrians."

She said 283 323 vehicles were stopped and checked, 43,433 notices were issued, 1094 vehicles were taken off the road, 1457 were impounded, 330 drivers were arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and 10 for dangerous or negligent driving.

The figures captured were for the period starting Thursday midnight through to midnight on Monday April 21.
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