Weekend binges cause death

2016-01-21 06:00

The official death toll for the 2015-2016 festive season was 1 755, an increase of 14% from 2014’s 1 535.

The age group most affected for drivers as well as passengers and pedestrians is between 25 to 39.

What is more worrying is that most crashes occurred on weekends, hinting that many of those involved had been drunk. Also, more males than females are involved in road accidents.

The cost of accidents to our economy is estimated at R306 billion per year. The Road Accident Fund spends up to R1,5 billion a month covering victims.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation and the department of transport should release road accident statistics on a monthly basis.

Our people love media and this would go a long way to educate motorists about responsible driving.

We also need to review the Arrive Alive campaign as it is outdated and lacks innovation and creativity.

It should also be compulsory for all vehicle owners to have wheel alignment done before and after long distance trips. Government’s current strategy to reduce road deaths was a total failure.

Nosipho Mntwekhaya Gugulethu

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