The number of road fatalities in South Africa is alarmingly high.
The Automobile Association (AA) has urged motorists to change their behaviour on the roads this festive season.
In 2016, 14 071 people died on South African roads.
Over the festive period last year (1 December 2016 – 9 January 2017) 1714 people died, a 5% increase on the previous year.
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The AA's Layton Beard says close to 30% of crashes last year were caused by speeding and drunk driving.
He says the culture of corruption and impunity in South Africa contributes to the recklessness on our roads.
Beard says visible policing, effective campaigns, behavioural change and education are key factors to curbing drunk driving.
If you are intoxicated and you are walking on the road or operating a vehicle, your faculties are impaired. You are a danger to yourself and other people as well.— Layton Beard, Automobile Association spokesman
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : AA explores why drunk driving remains a major problem in SA