Holiday death toll fixed at 1475
PRETORIA - At least 1475 people were killed on South African roads during the year-end holiday from December 1, 2011 to January 10, 2012.
On an average daily basis, however, that's about five fewer than the full year's daily figure.
Transport minister S'bu Ndebele reported the figure, supplied by the Road Traffic Management Corporation. There were 1230 fatal crashes. The data supplied to him indicated that the most common causes of crashes were speeding in bad weather, reckless and inconsiderate driving and alcoholic inebriation.
LOTS OF BLAME
"Not wearing a seat belt was a major contributor to deaths and serious injuries," Ndebele alleged. "Emergency services personnel can testify that far too many people die because they don't buckle in."
Fatigue (especially among bus and taxi drivers), unroadworthy vehicles and pedestrian negligence were also blamed.
Deaths during the same period a year earlier were 1704, up from the 1551 initially announced by the minister during his annual report.
Predictably, the minister said the focus for 2012 would be on reducing the death rate.
About 40 people are killed on South African roads every day. The daily average during the holiday was 35.
MagdaKus - 2012-01-17 10:54
Aha, finally something that looks like comparative statistics! "About 40 people are killed on South African roads every day. The daily average during the holiday was 35."
Wayne - 2012-01-17 12:57
And what about the rest of the year (figures are just as high!)....Amazing when you go for your car license you are tested for petty stuff like paralelle parking, checking your mirrors every 3 seconds, etc. but no one is tested for high speed driving, for a overloaded taxi, or drivers whoe cant even see above the dashboard. And what about all the potholes, cattle roaming the roads. And the fat "speedcops" sit in there cars chatting their heads off....so they are more visible. Something seriously wrong in this picture...
Hannetjie - 2012-01-17 13:02
The deathtoll will only start reducing once all drivers learn to respect other road users. I travel on the N1 to Limpopo every Friday afternoon and back on Sundays and it is obvious there are drivers who don't care for anyone else on the road. There are numerous trafffic control points along the road but they don't even stop these reckless motorists - sit under bridges nd pull off a bus or taxi occasionally. Last week a fully loaded taxi swerved past me, and I was traveling at 120 kph only to slam on the brakes when he could see there are traffic officers under the next bridge! Once past there he was going full throttle again!!!!
Sean - 2012-01-19 18:17
What another taxi in this picture - It cannot be! (Sarcasm intended very much so!)