Road death toll higher than last year


November 16, 2014: Traffic is backed up on the R511 south as cycle challenge entrants and supporters head towards the parking areas near Riversands in Fourways.

JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg Metro Police Department is warning motorists to obey the rules of the road this festive season, or face the consequences.

Metro police are concerned about the current death toll.

Since 1 December, at least 725 people have been killed in accidents. During operations at the weekend, 350 people were arrested for drunken driving.  

Last year, 668 people were killed over the same period.

The JMPD believes that harsher penalties should be handed down for violations.

JMPD spokesman Wayne Minnaar said the majority of those accidents can be prevented.

"The majority of accidents are caused by human error. So it is either excessive speed, or drunken driving or the combination of both and reckless driving.

"And as a result, drivers are losing control of their vehicles.”

The department says the road death toll is proof that South African’s don’t take road safety seriously.

The JMPD says it&39;s stepping up operations for the festive season.