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WHO: 'SA road laws inefficient'

2013-05-20 14:06

NOT DOING THEIR JOB: A study by the World Health Organisation reveals South African road law policing isn't efficient. Image: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - The policing of South Africa's road laws is largely inefficient, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) study reported in Beeld on Monday May 20, 2013.

The study found that South African traffic officials were lax in enforcing seat-belt laws and those pertaining to the safe restraint of children.


Only 59% of drivers and seven percent of front passengers wore a seat belt, the newspaper reported.

Statistics for rear passengers were not supplied but a 2007 Road Traffic Management Corporation study reportedly found only eight percent buckled-up.

The study found that South African law enforcers scored badly when it came to drinking and driving - and only slightly better on the policing of speeding.

Beeld reported that, according to the Medical Research Council of SA, alcohol played a role in 55% of the country's road deaths.

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