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Alcohol curbs ‘led to big dip in Cape’s Easter weekend crash toll’

During the weekend before Easter, when there was no alcohol ban, there were 19% more road collisions, says report

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The partial alcohol ban had a major impact on road traumas over the Easter weekend, according to stats from the Western Cape Sentinel Trauma Report.

Its data showed that in the weekend before Easter, when there were “no alcohol restrictions”, trauma cases from road collisions were 19% higher than during the Easter weekend itself — a weekend notorious for road injuries and fatalities.

Over the previous weekend, said Dr Keith Cloete, head of health in the province, “there were 167 trauma patients” from road collisions, but on the Easter weekend this dropped to 136...

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