Alcohol a major cause of road deaths

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Johannesburg - A Medical Research Council survey has found that alcohol remains a leading cause of death on South African roads.

According to the Sunday Times, data from mortuaries around the country shows that 50.1% of people killed on the road were three times over the legal alcohol limit and that 59.8% of all pedestrians killed were four to five times over the legal limit.

According to Charles Parry of the Medical Research Council, six out of 10 drivers who died in road accidents had dangerously high blood-alcohol levels, while one out of every seven motorists driving at night was drunk. He pointed out that one drink doubled your chances of causing an accident.

Last week, the Road Traffic Management Corporation said that 1 184 people had died in road accidents from 1 to 30 December. At least half of those who died had been over the legal limit.

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