May 2012 Death toll shows Western Cape road fatalities continue to strong decline
4 Jun 2012Starts:
May 2009: 145
May 2010: 148
May 2011: 112
May 2012: 102
Previous twelve months death toll as at May 2009: 1682
Previous twelve months death toll as at May 2012: 1254
Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle has identified increasing responsibility among drivers as helping to maintain the decline in the number of deaths on the province's roads.
"Based on the counts from the mortuaries, we are just under a 28% total decline from when I took office in 2009. We are seeing that more and more people are waking up to their responsibilities like buckling up and slowing down. Justice is getting ever swifter against drunk drivers, as the staff of the blood testing lab has quadrupled, and very soon we will be seeing the re-introduction of breathalysers under improved regulations and standards. Drunks on the road will soon learn they have nowhere to hide."
"A number of measures are currently underway to speed up the decline. These include tougher legislation for reckless drivers. We’ve also started a programme with the City of Cape Town which will prevent reckless drivers from transacting with the ENATIS system while they have outstanding warrants. We are also initiating targeted interventions at pedestrian fatality hotspots", said Carlisle.
The Provincial Road Traffic Bill is expected to serve before the Provincial Cabinet in June, and from there start its progress into becoming law. The Bill will give the MEC powers to create road traffic regulations for the Western Cape.
Hector Eliott, Head of Ministry, Transport and Public Works
Tel: 021 483 8546
Cell: 083 669 9609
Issued by: Western Cape Transport and Public Works
4 Jun 2012
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