South Africa's total holiday road death toll is expected to be much higher than previously reported. The last week of December 2011 alone added over 200 road fatalities to the list.
Earlier this week, Digital Journal reported how the first three weeks of December 2011 accounted for 1023 lives and over 800 car crashes and traffic accidents.
Yesterday, the South African government released definite statistics with regards to the country's total December death toll.
According to the figures, over 39 people a day were killed on South Africa's roads in that month alone - amounting to a total of 1235 fatalities. The number of car crashes in that particular month is set at 1027.
The total number of holiday road fatalities for is expected to grow further, as many South Africans have yet to return from their holidays.
The authorities added that the December 2011 death toll was down from that same month the year before, when over 1300 people lost their lives in traffic accidents.