Negligence the main cause of festive road stats - Transport Minister

79% of all road fatalities over the festive period were caused by human negligence, explains Transport Minister Dipuo Peters.

Peters announced that that 1 714 people were killed on the roads over the holiday period.

Some contributory factors include:

  • jaywalking
  • speeding
  • overtaking
  • use of cellphones
  • disregard for yielding
  • drunk driving

The minister says work is being done to finalise and introduce minimum sentences for negligent and reckless driving.

She explains the interventions in place to change driver behaviour and other efforts to promote and enforce road safety.

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