Preliminary results released by the Department of Transport indicate that fewer people died in road accidents in December 2003, despite an increase in traffic volumes.

Preliminary results released by the Department of Transport indicate that fewer people died in road accidents in December 2003, despite an increase in traffic volumes.

The initial count reflected that 1 181 people were killed on the roads – 36 less than in December 2002. According to the transport department, this represented a decrease of three per cent.

The decrease in the death toll was despite the six per cent increase in traffic volumes during December 2003.

Sipho Khumalo, deputy director-general of Transport, said higher levels of visible policing, the “lights-on” campaign and Operation Juggernaut all contributed to the reduction.

Khumalo added this could also be attributed to the use of new technology in pilot projects in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng as well as a massive public relation campaign.

He said that the biggest killers on the road were speeding and drunken driving. One of the biggest problems remained the high number of pedestrian fatalities which accounted for about 40 per cent of the death figures.

Khumalo said that the December death rate had dropped by 25,8 per cent since 2000 and meant more than 1 000 lives were saved.

Original article from Car