WP shows more crash videos

2011-12-14 11:51

Last week we reported that the Western Cape government was releasing CCTV crash footage as part of its Crash Witness campaign.

The videos showed real crashes in the Western Cape as part of the annual Safely Home campaign. Now the province has released its second batch of videos in the hope of giving drivers a wake-up call during the holiday season.


Since the campaign launched, videos have been made available on YouTube with some clips being watched more than 15 000 times.

Transport and public works minister Robin Carlisle said: "The response from the public, in emails sent to us and comments made on our website, has been phenomenal and 98% positive in support of the campaign."

"We are considering extending the campaign beyond Christmas."

Below are the second batch of three videos:
Viewer discretion is advised, especially during the second clip.

  • Dumisani - 2011-12-14 13:18

    is that a jeep?

      graham.carruthers - 2011-12-14 13:45

      It looks like one of those jeep replicas and not an actual Jeep. It is also another reason my convertibles should have proper safety harnesses.

  • gerhard.nel - 2011-12-14 13:47

    The person in that Jeep was completely blindsided. They had no chance. You will note Jeep rolls over them. So easily we can be taken out at anytime.

      Doublepost - 2011-12-16 15:00

      She didn't need to wonder about that guy, he's dead, finished!

  • Arno - 2011-12-14 14:04

    How can that a$$hole drive in the emergency lane in the first place, then hit someone and just keep driving. Hope the driver gets raped with a hammer in hell!!! First video is yet another example of why there shouldn't be roadblocks on highways.

      Dave - 2011-12-15 12:00

      You will note if you look at the video that the driver actually does stop a long way down. What the hell was he doing driving in this lane in the first place and what was that pedestrian doing on the freeway in the first place as well? Bot are at fault.

  • Trevor - 2011-12-14 20:34

    That is an old JEEP for sure,they have like most OLD cars ZERO protection, all image factor. Either way, he is bloody lucky the wreck did not roll over him.....

  • Cyrus - 2011-12-14 21:19

    Not to mention that bastard in driving in the emergency lane (vid 2). Im so furious now at this driver

      JNaMolefe - 2011-12-15 13:11

      I can't believe it :( *Sad

  • swaggernyane - 2011-12-15 14:51

    guys drive safe this december b careful ppl die i got a friend who also died money mornin speed kills dont drink n drive pls i beg u my friends

  • reza.daniels1 - 2011-12-15 16:09

    Am I missing something? Where did speed play a role in ANY of the incidents? The 1st one - tailgating as well as the Jeep driver NOT wearing his seatbelt. The 2nd one - car driving in the yellow lane which is illegal and the last one the driver just did not turn and went straight off the road.

  • Jeanne - 2011-12-16 08:09

    Maybe I am just being naive - but very few people stop to help. How can you just drive past an accident or injured/killed pedestrian without stopping to assist or phone EMS. You don't need to be a trained paramedic to help other people or save lives! Disgusted.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2011-12-16 12:00

    Good Morning Young South Africa! Any second now!.......every second now......! The road mantra.

  • Christian - 2011-12-17 06:53

    NO WAY a real Jeep would have folded up like that. Must have been one of those fibreglass-jobs you always see in the back of CAR magazine. Note, however, how he is the careful driver - watch his following distance. You never even notice the Caddy before the actual crash as it was tailgating. Hard to get to the cause but it just ever so lightly looks like the Caddy driver was pulling out to overtake, too much gas, and clipped the edge of the vehicle in front. Panicked, over-corrected and BANG. Unneccessary. Speed? No. lack of skill? YES!

  • Willem - 2011-12-17 13:19

    it is again not the spoons fault that some people are fat. No car would stand up to this kind of crash. I drove 200 Km this morning, and there is no end on the stupid things people do rotinely on our roads. People should lose their licenses for texing and just turning the stearing wheel. There was this moving through the traffic from left to right while typing consistantly on his phone. And all the time at 120Km/h just just missing other traffic. Not a cop in site, or not one who will do something about it. Traffic light not working, Metro collections are there, not to help traffic but to collect as much money as possible.

  • stephen.vaneyssen1 - 2011-12-18 09:15

    Scary, real scary and perhaps a demonstration of the extreme behaviour of people who do not want to accept that a motor vehicle is a lethal weapon and not a fluffy soft toy. Wish these clips can be part of a general education programme at schools - even the horrible one. Also part of an alcohol rehabilitation programme particularly for the drunken driving guilty. The reality of these video clips brings a powerful message. Sadly the potentially wrong-doers won't see it. How about getting it on prime time TV? Like I've said, it's damn scary.

  • Pierre - 2011-12-18 10:04

    So Crash #3 is definately the drivers fault??? I guess he wasnt wearing his seatbelt, drinking and talking on his cellphone. I didnt know it was a basic human right to be able to walk across a 3 lane freeway.

  • Gary - 2011-12-18 16:31

    In World War Two - 12084 South frican soldiers were killed in action / accidents and illness. South Africa today kills about the same per year on our roads! It is not the speed that kills but the differential in speed and the reckless use of it! Stay in your lane, check you blind spots, keep a safe following distance and lead with lights. be aware of pedestriand and cyclists - EXPECT them to do something unexpected! Be safe!

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