Alcohol abuse causes road carnage: RTMC

2011-09-28 20:34

Johannesburg - A campaign against drinking and driving will be launched in October, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said on Wednesday.

"A major, hard-hitting, nationwide drink and drive campaign will commence in October to combat the carnage caused by alcohol abuse," said RTMC acting CEO Collins Letsoalo in a statement.

"We will not show mercy to road users who think that public roads are an extension of their shebeens or pubs."

About 100 people were killed in road accidents in September alone.

Letsoalo said traffic officers would monitor roads where there had been a high number of car accidents.

As the festive season was drawing near, the RTMC appealed to "fun-lovers" to enjoy themselves responsibly.

He urged parents to arrange reliable transport for pupils attending matric farewells and appealed to companies to arrange drivers for employees attending year-end functions.

  • proudandpink - 2011-09-28 20:36

    Taxis and drunk driving is the cause of the road carnage.

      Kraut - 2011-09-28 22:03

      40% of road accidents in connection with alcohol? That says 60% without. That's easy..take that f..sober drivers of the road and you decrease the accident rate by 60% !!!!! :)

  • Ian - 2011-09-28 20:50

    wow, drunk drivers cause accidents, did the 2 dronkgatte malema and mcbride help them come up with such genius

  • zaatheist - 2011-09-28 21:01

    "We will not show mercy to road users". Yaaaaaaaaaaawn! We hear the same old excrement from you incompetents all the time. Listen up moron, the problem is the total lack of impartial law enforcement and corrupt Metro cops. When you get the balls to enforce the laws on the taxi industry (are you scared or just bribed to keep away) then you may get some respect. Until then all you are producing is hot air to cover up your inability to do your job.

      BakkieB - 2011-09-28 21:23

      Lol. Couldn't have said it better........Same shyt every year

      Hope123 - 2011-09-28 21:57

      Amen. Few years back they already promised to take the drunks off the road. All thay have done is make new tougher laws. A 1st world law with a 3rd police (un)force.

      John - 2011-09-28 22:21

      Spot on! How long would it take any Joburg driver to find a corrupt cop that will demand a bribe (and march you to the ATM if necessary) instead of arresting a drunk driver? Montecasino/Fourways/Douglasdale area is rife. I reckon I could do it in 10 minutes or less. Now this bonehead, like the genius Wayne Minnaar is going to have a "crackdown" - all that means is more bribes for the useless criminal Metro Cops.

      Justin - 2011-09-29 08:04

      There seems to be an undercurrent of blaming the metro's in all aspects of road use and don't get me wrong there is blame to be assigned to them, i do however propose, don't drink and drive (it's stupid) and there won't be the option of getting a bribe, the metro's then will not be making extra personal income therefore not want to work for metro police and find a better paid job with less work and less qualification requirement in government and there will be no metro's on the road anymore. fantastic on the other hand the metro's will then be in government where the under educated population is already to high.catch 22 i would say

  • Peter - 2011-09-28 21:03

    Yes, but there are 2 things to remember. First there are no forms of ublic transport in this country so how does one go out for a drink and then get home safely. Secondly, I read today that 40% of road deaths attributed to alcohol are with pedestrians. Are we also going to have a no drink and walk campaign? Wake up and smell the roses and get to the root of the real problems. Our roads are in such a state that causes many of the deaths. Look at the school bus accident last month and there was no barrier on the bridge. Dept of Transport get off your arses and fix our bloody roads and then you will see a decrease in road deaths.

      StBad - 2011-09-28 21:20

      Totally agree, every solution conceived to tackle the number of road incidences seems targeting at 'obvious' factors as opposed to a reaction against facts and research. I'll tell you what causes the most accidents on our roads... driver incompetence!

      Kameomaua - 2011-09-28 21:54

      Overseas - certainly in Germany! - they also have zero-alcohol laws for motorists. Couples go out in groups and have one volunteer who won't drink. The next time it's a different person. However, I agree with you on the public transport. If a couple wants to go out on its own, and both want to have a beer or glass of wine, then they should be able to take a tram (which we don't have). Of course, there are also companies (in Britain, or instance) which will send out a driver on a tiny collapsable bike to drive a partying group home. So there's scope for employment there.

  • Bill - 2011-09-28 21:14

    Trouble is, 90% of the road blocks set up to test for drunk driving are after hours, when the Taxis are long gone!

      BakkieB - 2011-09-28 21:17

      And the Drago breathylizer is illegal so they have to get a district nurse to take blood

  • Mark Haupt - 2011-09-28 21:36

    Since you are so quick to quote stats, why not check how many are killed in taxis, unroadworthy buses and due to fraudulent licenses. The solution to all the problems you keep creating is not to blame or take it out on the law abiding citizens but then we're easier targets aren't we?

  • farmworker - 2011-09-28 21:48

    People will start drinking less and I don't think SAB would be happy about this. I just think this is a scheme to enrich the Traffic/Police Officer because the are going to increase the bribe.

  • Seaview - 2011-09-29 07:59

    Changing blood alcohol levels to zero will not solve the problem. Uplifting the driving community to understand the dangers of excessive drinking and driving is the only answer. Excessive drinkers will always be on the roads whether the blood alcohol rate is zero or not. It is naive to think that a zero rate will solve the problem.

  • Jimmy - 2011-09-29 09:50

    When will the authorities stop wasting time and money chasing the wrong objectives, and learn from there own statistics. On the results of the similar campaign last year, Ministerial spokesperson Logan Maistry stated (21st December 2010) that "since the beginning of the month, close to one million vehicles and drivers had been stopped and checked and thousands of traffic fines issued. More than 1 500 drunk drivers were arrested." In other words zero.15% were found to have been drinking excessively? During October 1,385,521 drivers were stopped, of which only 2 256 drunk drivers were found.(0.16%) He continued to report similar statistics from other areas:- • KwaZulu-Natal -168 693drivers (1 to 19 December 20100), only 214 drunk drivers were found. (0.13%) • Eastern Cape - 61,136 drivers("since 1 December 2010") , only 140 drunk drivers were found. (0.23%) I am neither condoning drunk driving, nor suggesting that breath tests should not be a part of normal policing, but they have stopped a statistical significant number of drivers and found that drink does not feature as significant in normal driving. Perhaps an investigation as to what is wrong with the other 99.8% of the drivers stopped (or their vehicles), and targeting that, could make a start on really reducing the carnage?

  • Chillibean - 2011-10-01 02:39

    It causes a helluva lot more than road carnage. GOOD WORK AND WELL DONE TO WHOEVER DECIDED ON THIS ONE!!!!!!!!!!

  • pig - 2011-10-01 06:02

    it is not only alcohol but the state of our roads and the reckless driving of the taxis

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