SA, worst in drunk-driving fatalities

2015-12-16 06:00

SOUTH Africa is among the leading countries with the worst alcohol-related fatalities in the world, according to the 2015 Global Status Report on Road Safety, compiled by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The report stated that 13 273 people died on South African roads in the past year, with 58% of those in alcohol-related deaths.

WHO’s director general Dr Margaret Chan said the report illustrated that the number of road traffic deaths globally is 1,25 million a year.

She said the third global status report shows that low- and middle-income countries are hardest hit, with double the fatality rates of high-income countries and 90% of global road traffic deaths.

Vulnerable road users - pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists - make up half of these fatalities.

In South Africa, 33% of the road deaths were pedestrians, 38% passengers and 29% drivers. The estimated GDP lost on road accidents in the country is 7,8%. - News24.

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