1100 deaths recorded in December

Friday, January 8, 2010

Pretoria - A total of 1100 deaths were recorded on South Africa's roads in December, according to preliminary reports by the Department of Transport.

Between 1 and 6 January 2010, 103 fatalities were recorded.

The department said the official festive season death toll figures would be released later this month once figures were updated.

Traffic volumes are expected to increase over the next few days as holidaymakers return home.

The department warned that law enforcement officers would continue to be out in full force to ensure safety on the roads.

During December, more than 290 000 motorists were fined for speeding, 3 569 drunk drivers were arrested, 262 motorists were arrested for reckless and negligent driving, 2 849 unroadworthy vehicles were removed from the roads, including 1 503 buses and taxis and thousands of drivers were fined for not wearing their seatbelts and other offences.