Alcohol a major cause of road deaths

2014-01-05 10:46


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

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.

Read more on:    rtmc  |  mrc  |  transport  |  festive season  |  accidents

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Millions of plastic particles in our food!

Scientists and researchers believe that almost five million tons of plastic is dumped in the oceans every year and it’s affecting our food.



Plastic on your plate
Prince George the green prince?
Lean, green, drifiting machine
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

It may be hard to maintain a steady rhythm as you find yourself juggling a zillion things. Slow down a little and let go of more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.