More than 1,700 deaths were recorded on South African roads over the 2016/17 festive season, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters announced on Tuesday.
The minister told reporters in Midrand that the figure of 1,714 was a 5% increase over the last festive season.
Light motor vehicles accounted for 49% of crashes.
Limpopo recorded the highest increase of accidents, while the Eastern Cape recorded the biggest drop.
More to follow.