TRANSPORT Minister Dipuo Peters has called on justice authorities to introduce the minimum sentence for reckless and negligent driving to curb the high rate of road fatalities.
The appeal came against the backdrop of a report she released today (Tuesday) that show that 1714 people were killed on national roads during the festive season.
Statistics for 2016\2017 festive season showed a dramatic increase compared to the last financial year.
The stats on fatal crashes increased from 1 282 last financial year to 1 353 this financial year, while the overall road fatalities increased by 5% from 1629 to 1714.
Gauteng picked the most percentage of road fatalities with 38.56%, Western Cape (16.08%), KZN (13.38 %), Eastern Cape (6.66 %), Limpopo (5.62%) and Northern Cape (2.28 %).
According to Peters, fatal crashes recorded in December alone were 1 200. Most crashes were recorded in Limpopo with 31%, Kwa-Zulu Natal (18%) and Gauteng (11%) whereas Eastern Cape saw a decline of 20% and North West recording a decline of 8%.
The data showed that most fatal crashes involve human factors with 79.1%, young people aged 25 to 44 in light vehicles, male victims standing on 75% and females on 23%. Most of this crashes occur over the weekends, with 40% of passengers becoming victims.