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2018-01-22 11:18

Pretoria - The death toll over the 2017/2018 festive season has decreased to 1527, an 11% decline from the previous year, reports SA Transport Minister, Joe Maswanganyi.

The department released statistics in Pretoria.  

According to the minister, 1714 deaths were recorded during 2016/2017 festive period. 


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Arrive Alive's Johan Jonck said: "We are pleased to find a reduction in road deaths as reported by the Minister this morning. Any reduction in road deaths is a step in the right direction. We need to acknowledge that we are coming from a horrific death toll figure though no death toll number would ever be 'acceptable' and there is much more to do.

"We need to acknowledge those traffic officers, emergency/rescue workers and hospital staff who worked 24/7 during the festive season to keep us safe and alive...

"It is a positive to find a reduction in passenger deaths - we have tried to emphasise during the festive season the need for all passengers to buckle up - we also emphasised the message from a paramedic that they very seldom have to unbuckle a dead person after a road crash!"

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