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This was a 14-percent increase in road accident-related deaths compared to the previous festive season when 1, 535 people died, the minister told a press briefing in Pretoria.

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The fatalities increased by 220, or 14 percent over the same period in the previous year, said Peters.
“The situation could have been more bleak had our law enforcers not intensified enforcement operations,” she said.

Most accidents were attributed to human error like drunken driving, speeding, reckless overtaking and walking dangerously, according to Peters.

Statistics also showed that 81.4 percent of people in road crashes and fatalities were blacks.
Peters said the majority of people who died in accidents were passengers (38. 3 percent), followed by pedestrians (34.9 percent).

The government impounded 5,710 vehicles that are not suitable on roads during the festive period while 1.7 million were stooped and checked. Six thousand motorists were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, the minister said.

Peters vowed government efforts to reduce deaths in road accidents.

Between 2005 to 2009, the country experienced cumulative annual drop of 0. 52 percent in fatalities, according to Peters.

From 2010 to 2014, there was a 1. 88 percent annual decrease in fatalities on the roads.

Peters, however said:” Despite this reduction we remain steadfastly concerned as one death is one too many.” Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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