/ 28 December 2009

Over 800 killed on SA roads

About 840 people have been killed while more than 280 000 drivers have been fined for speeding on South African roads since the beginning of the December holidays, the Department of Transport said on Sunday.

Spokesperson Logan Maistry said in a statement that about 200 other drivers had been arrested for reckless and negligent driving.

Preliminary reports also showed that of the 840 people killed in 654 crashes across the country, 218 were drivers, 327 passengers and 295 pedestrians.

Maistry said drivers who disregarded the law would forfeit their licenses when the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) and a demerit system were introduced in 2010. – Sapa