Sadd: Crashes kill more cops than murderers

2011-12-07 00:00

SOUTH Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD) has revealed that more police officers are killed in road crashes than are murdered in South Africa.

Director Caro Smit said 1015 SA Police Service members have been killed in road crashes over the past five financial years, 321 while on duty.

“This is more than the number of members murdered.”

SADD said that more than 200 police members are killed on South Africa’s roads every year.

KwaZulu-Natal transport spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said his department lost two traffic officers on duty this year in KZN.

“Traffic officers’ lives are in danger as a result of reckless drivers our roads.

“It’s not acceptable that the drivers are driving recklessly and they end up killing the officers on duty.

“If drivers obeyed the laws of the road we wouldn’t be talking about the officers getting killed,” said Ncalane.

Smit said part of SADD’s aim during the decade of action to reduce road deaths by 50% from 2011 to 2020 is to take up the issue of the use of seatbelts throughout South Africa, and it has started with officials.

“Already through our work traffic officers throughout SA have been told they have to buckle up and to start issuing fines for people not wearing seatbelts. The fine for anyone not wearing a seatbelt in front and back seats is R250.

“From a seatbelt count we did in Pietermaritzburg a few years ago we found that only 15% of the police drivers wore seatbelts” said Smit.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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