76% of SA drivers break law each day
Johannesburg - Drivers on South Africa's roads commit traffic offences on a daily basis, but the planned demerit point system would dramatically curtail these infringements, BP Ultimate and the South African Automobile Association (AA) revealed in a survey on Monday.
A staggering 76% of drivers on SA roads commit traffic offences daily, the survey noted.
Road safety analyst Lawrence Barit said that after drunken driving and fatigue, offences like skipping orange or red lights, not obeying yield signs and the disobeying of other road signs could be said to be the third largest cause of deaths on SA roads.
"Drivers don't realise the accumulative effect (of) millions of small offences on safety on SA roads. It is imperative for drivers to obey the rules of the road that are put in place to prevent accidents," Barit said, commenting on the findings.
But he said the government's planned demerit system would drastically reduce these infringements.
"The success of the demerit point system has been documented in countries such as Spain, where the system came into force in 2006," Barit said.
The percentage of casualties had decreased by 11% in the first two years of its implementation, he added.
Glenda Zvenyika, marketing communications manager at BP, said it was surprising to see just how many drivers make these offences.
"Through our partnerships with organisations like Stay Alert Stay Alive and the AA we are fully committed to creating awareness around safer driving, and thereby make driving a safer mode of travel in SA," Zvenyika said.