Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says decisive action will be taken against drunken drivers to curb the country's road carnage.
Briefing the media in Kempton Park on the East Rand on fresh measures to deal with drunken driving, Peters says more than 5 000 people have died on roads since April.
The report has identified five major contributory factors to the high number of road crashes in the country.
Alcohol abuse by both drivers and pedestrians followed by reckless and negligent driving which the minister says results in accidents due to drivers exceeding the speed limit.
Vehicle fitness has also been identified as a contributing factor as a large number of vehicles were identified to have defective breaks bad tyres.
Peters has however urged all motorists to ensure that they drive roadworthy vehicles and express extreme caution on the roads at all times.