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Transport Department confirms a decline in road fatalities

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The Transport Department has reported on the road fatalities that took place over the 2020 festive season, claiming that there was a decline in the numbers compared to previous years.

Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula hosted a press conference on Friday, 22 January 2021, to detail the road fatalities that took place during the 2020 festive season. Mbalula revealed that there was a considerable decline in road fatalities, which could be attributed to the move back to Alert Level 3 restrictions in mid-December 2020, due the rising numbers in COVID-19 cases and fatalities.

The decline was noted in eight of the nine provinces, resulting in a 7 percent decline from the 2019 numbers. In 2020, there were 1 448 recorded road fatalities from the 1 210 fatal crashes that were recorded. Moreover, the posts claimed that the main causes of car crashes were “jaywalking, hit-and-run, speeding, overtaking onto oncoming traffic, wet and slippery surfaces, and tyre bursts.”

Despite the aforementioned, the department recorded a decline in pedestrian fatalities, but “driver fatalities increased from 24.2 percent to 26.9 percent, passenger fatalities increased from 32.2 percent to 34.5 percent, while cyclist fatalities stood at one percent.”

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