DRIVING without seat belts and overspeeding have been identified as the major causes of deaths among drivers on duty.
LTA spokesman Iliesa Sokia yesterday said statistics revealed that the number of drivers who died on the roads decreased from 2007 to 2010 but picked up again in 2011.
"The toll decreased from 18 in 2007 to 17 in 2008, 14 in 2009 and only eight in 2010 but two years ago, it increased to 18," he said.
"Speeding and driving without seat belts have been ascertained as the main cause of deaths among drivers and after a series of campaigns to address the issue, we only recorded 12 driver deaths last year.
"For passengers, a fluctuating trend has been discovered in their death toll from 2007 to 2009.
"In 2007, there were 24 deaths, 25 in 2008 and 2009 but in 2010, it dropped to 22 and decreased further to 16 in 2011.
"Last year, the toll went up again to 17 and so far this year, only four passengers have died on our roads."
Mr Sokia said drivers could help eliminate road deaths by decreasing their speed and avoid drink-driving.
"It's also prudent for passengers to wear seat belts and pedestrians to be predictable at all times while using the road.
"The authority is taking a very drastic action against those who cause deaths during accidents and some of the actions include the termination of licences permanently that will supplement other punishments made following the usual court procedures."