Speed 'rarely the main cause of crashes'

2011-09-21 07:47

Johannesburg - Speed is rarely the root cause of collisions, the Justice Project SA (JPSA) said on Tuesday after Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said he intended asking Cabinet to reduce the maximum speed limit from 120km/h to 100km/h.

Even when two vehicles were both travelling just 60km/h, a head-on crash was devastating, the JPSA chairperson Howard Dembovsky said.

"Head-on collisions, of which there have been many in the last two months, are almost always resultant from one or more parties committing one or more moving violations prior to the collision occurring," he said.

Ndebele said studies conducted in other countries such as Australia, where the speed limit is 110 km/h, indicated that a reduction in the speed limit could save lives.

He was speaking after visiting the scene of a minibus accident on the N2, between Empangeni and Mtubatuba, in which 10 people died on Tuesday.

'Drastic' action

Ndebele said 126 people had been killed in the past two months in accidents involving public transport and that "something drastic needs to be done".

Dembovsky said the transport department and the Road Traffic Management Corporation had repeatedly said crashes were almost always caused by people violating road laws, but that enforcement authorities insisted on focusing on speed prosecution.

"It has also been revealed that somewhere in the order of 45% of all people who die on our roads annually are under the influence of alcohol."

Dembovsky said Ndebele had to stop comparing South Africa to countries like Australia, as they had highly professional and effective law enforcement agencies.

"So what if the minister gets his ill thought out scheme of reducing the current general speed limit... all this will mean is that even more cameras will explode onto the scene to earn traffic authorities more revenue," he said.

"If speed enforcement does not revert to stopping speedsters at the time of their infringement, then reducing the speed limit will have absolutely no effect on the incidences of speeding."

  • Scylla - 2011-09-21 07:59

    Traffic officials should be more visible on roads. Speedsters and others who break the rules of the road, will think twice before speeding past an official who can fine them on the spot. Speed cameras only sends a fine to the speedsters after the fact - when it's already too late.

      Captainmorgan - 2011-09-21 08:18

      The minister says "The reduction of the speed limit COULD save lives" . That statement is true BUT better policing of the IDIOTS on our roads & better attitudes/adherence of the rules of the road WILL save lives.

      aarchaic - 2011-09-21 08:31

      very true! when last have your car just been pulled of for a spot check to see if your Tyres is still ok and your lights is working or even if your car is Smoking so much people around you cant see infront of them? Speed traps needs to exist but should not be 110% focus of the metro.

      matt - 2011-09-21 08:43

      forget too late, the speedsters don't even get it because they are already 'late' by then or they've made someone else 'late.' but speed isn't really the major issue, we just have BAD DRIVERS with BAD TEMPERS on the roads

      Snoopy88 - 2011-09-21 13:36

      They don't give a damn... If they did you'd see MORE traffic police out there arresting idiotic drivers. Most South Africans can't even strap their kids in or stop at stop streets... Fines don't work - repeat offenders should be jailed and their licenses/vehicles taken away. But that would require an expensive and effecive policing system.

      ALISON - 2011-09-21 16:28

      i agree totally. the problem is, how often do you see traffic cops driving past people breaking the law (talking on phones, speeding, stopping on yellow lines) yet doing nothing about it? or even breaking the law themselves?

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-21 08:00

    M T vessels cause accidents, yes, Minibus Taxis !!!

      rumsour - 2011-09-21 11:47

      No minibus taxis DO NOT cause accidents, IDIOTS cause accidents. IDIOTS drive; taxis, 4x4's, suv's, sedans, hatchbacks, etc. IDIOTS ride motorcycles, IDIOTS ride bicycles and a lot of IDIOTS walk or jog. Don't blame the taxi if you are the IDIOT!

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-21 13:22

      Ndebele said 126 people had been killed in the past two months in accidents involving public transport and that "something drastic needs to be done". (Therein lies your answer, with public transport being the operative words)

      RACINGCAT - 2011-09-21 20:12

      KAS He only wakes up now....

  • proudly - 2011-09-21 08:01

    As usual the minister is looking for the problem in the wrong place. Now if she said something like'lets start a program to teach this segment of society how to drive' then maybe we would get somewhere!

      IsThatAFact - 2011-09-21 08:29

      The 1st step is to get your traffic officials to obey all the rules of the road that they are supposed to enforce.

      DW - 2011-09-21 08:31

      How about they enforce the EXISTING laws before they try to change them. How is lowering the speed limit going to help if people already travel at >120km/hr? So now they will travel at >100km/hr. If you can disobey one law, what is to stop you disobeying a changed law? The disobedience needs to be addressed, not the law. Typical ANC - you would think that they think government's job is to write new laws. And most of those that they write are so badly written that millions are spent every year challenging them in the constitutional court. What a waste of time and taxpayers money.

  • Podgette - 2011-09-21 08:03

    No matter what the speed limit is you will always have people who exceed it - rather police the problem more effectively. In actual fact; speed does not kill, STUPIDITY does!

      check-checke - 2011-09-21 08:50

      spot on

  • Observer - 2011-09-21 08:04

    A lot of the accidents that have been reported in the past few weeks have all had one main theme - taxis. Perhaps the minister is doing his best to be an ostrich, but all he needs to do is tackle the taxi industry, and I'm pretty sure that the roads will become safer. Plus, aren't taxis meant to stick to 100 km/h speed limit anyway? How many people have seen them travel at speeds above that? EVERYONE!!!

      DW - 2011-09-21 08:12

      But if they tackle the taxi industry there are major strikes and road blockages - and then the government just buckles and looks elsewhere to seem to be doing something. Besides, do you know how many government officials are also taxi owners? You would be affecting their pockets directly if you insist that they keep the laws of the road. Not gonna happen

      shaun.cousins1 - 2011-09-21 08:46

      taxi drivers buy their licences

      eric.vanvuuren - 2011-09-21 08:52

      It’s just the next step in a short sighted ANC slogan throwing. Start to fix the problem of our roads first, Don’t Drink and that one is an expensive mistake, I mean if they catch you. Next. The reduction of the top speed, whatever. (Does this apply to ANC card carriers, or is it just winy and malema that might still travel drunk at 200+). We can just hope that the next point would be.. Woman, whom finds driving properly a terrible distraction whilst texting.

  • Lone Ranger - 2011-09-21 08:05

    Can anyone tell me if any of the minister's family members / friends / business partners etc owns or part-owns a company that manufactures road-signs? And how many million 120km/h road-signs will have to be replaced?

      Bokke - 2011-09-21 08:34

      I thot of that man!!! Probably tenders have alredy been awarded!! By the time they are advertised, its just to "comply" with law / formalities!!

  • MustBeCrazy - 2011-09-21 08:07

    Is that all this idiot Transport Minister can come up with? Who recruits these guys?

      IsThatAFact - 2011-09-21 08:30

      The 1st step is to get your traffic officials to obey all the rules of the road that they are supposed to enforce.

  • The Hock - 2011-09-21 08:07

    Fix the roads, ensure that buses and taxis are properly roadworthy (VERY important), and try to stimulate a healthy respect for the law so that people don't consider exceeding 120kph. In Australia there is a culture of respect for the law which is absent here. Passing this new regulation will just increase people's disregard for the law because a 100kph restriction on highways is ridiculous. If there were an affordable system of public transport so that there was no room in the economy for irresponsible killer taxi/bus drivers, this would also help Mr Minister.

      Rapunzel - 2011-09-22 03:14

      Hardly. In Perth where I live that respect for the law is long gone. There is no police presence. Nearly everybody speeds but complains about being nailed for speeding. Drunk driving is rampant and road rage will get you killed if you're not very careful.

  • Greg Coetzee - 2011-09-21 08:08

    I don't think it is speed that is the main cause for accidents, it is the the blatant disregard for the rules of the road and impatience that result in people driving badly and this in turn causes accidents.

  • Hennie - 2011-09-21 08:09

    Guess our minister will be attending to other contributing factors like taxis, drunk pedestrians, goats & donkeys, potholes, overloading, roadworthiness, texting on cellphones, our useless and unrecognised in Australia K53 driving instruction etc. after his Aus visit.

      Danel - 2011-09-21 09:21

      And they had to "holiday" in Aus to "inspect" that to come up with this brilliant idea. Stupid Idiots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read my comment below.

  • stamp-kar - 2011-09-21 08:09

    What a stupid solution to the problem! Traffic officers cant force the Taxis no the whole SA must suffer!

  • Sean - 2011-09-21 08:11

    More effective law enforcement by non corrupt officials will partly solve the high accident rate problem. Secondly, a mechanism which ENSURES public transport meets the minimum safety requirements. Thirdly, incompetent drivers should be removed from the roads. Like everything else in our crumbling SA, it is actually not so difficult to fix - it simply requires competent management and the will to right the wrongs.

      Snoopy88 - 2011-09-21 13:43

      you are so right.. Now if we could just sort out safety belts in taxis and buses and car seats for children. And maybe deal with the drunk drivers we would probably halve the death rate.

  • kenneth.roselt - 2011-09-21 08:11

    Speed prosecution will not eradicate traffic accidents, as has been mentioned many times before, where camera's where installed / setup, accident rates inceased. Speed camera's are going to carch the people who are 11km above the limit, but not the drunk doing 1km below the speed limit - some may argue that at least he got a fine, well it still did not stop him. They (speed camera prosecutions) also will have no impact on taxi's who already are above the law, as the transport minister himself owns a few i read on some earlier articles. One has to wonder where these blocks of wood get their brains from.

  • Brian Smith - 2011-09-21 08:13

    What the misister seems to forget is that the Australians are law abiding citizens and secondly they do not have our unruly taxi drivers who are a major cause of multiple deaths on our roads.

  • Sandy - 2011-09-21 08:13

    He can make the maximum speed limit 60km/h. It still won't even make a dent in the statistics if lawless & unroadworthy taxis keep operating as they do !

      Bokke - 2011-09-21 08:38

      I agree wth u man. Currently public transport (by law) shuld not exceed 100km/h but on the accidents that have been reported recently it shows they they were far above 100km/h! So if they do not ENFORCE the law, we will see no change.

  • ThinkAboutIt - 2011-09-21 08:15

    I see people failing to indicate (very important as a safety measure when you haven't seen that bike in your blind spot at 120km/h), cutting into tiny gaps in the traffic (reducing others' safe following distance), people driving wdistractedly (e.g. slower than the lane to their left) while on the phone, etc. every day on my 12km ride to work. I have never, ever, even HEARD of a traffic cop stopping people for these kinds of dangerous offences. THerefore we all know we will get away with these things, and do them! I agree with this article - enforce moving violations and reduce accidents. Speed traps don't reduce accident.

  • Andysor - 2011-09-21 08:16

    How about requiring, as part of a government issued taxi/bus license, the installation of a GPS tracking device, to ensure that both the licensed route and speed are adhered to? These devices have come down so much in price, I don't see what the excuse would be.

  • don - 2011-09-21 08:16

    I have just come back from Germany and having driven on the autobahns one can clearly see that speed is not the problem, adhering to the rules of the road is where the problem comes in. In SA, we have the inability to follow even the simplest of rules, and this makes predictability on the roads almost impossible.

      Danel - 2011-09-21 09:25

      Having driven in Germany, Dubai, Aus, New Zealand etc.etc. I con only commen t that drivers in SA need a massive ATTITUDE CHANGE. Without that, Minister, our roads will be unsafe even at 10Kph.

  • pragmatism - 2011-09-21 08:17

    what accidents?

  • onetickie - 2011-09-21 08:17

    The cause of crashes on SA roads is because government does not pay and ensure ALL SA roads are properly policed by qualified traffic officials. They spend thousands on implementing rules/laws but always fail to ensure these are followed through. Where are the traffic officials as one sees in civilized countries? As usual the ANC doesn't care about the law-abiding road users. How many unlicenced vehicles, unroadworthy and drivers plague SA roads with impunity? Government is responsible for these road crashes, carnage and deaths.

  • Mikea - 2011-09-21 08:19

    Just a way to make more money from Traffic Fines. Instead of putting more Traffic cars and non-corrupt officials on the street for more policing, it is easier to rake in the millions from easier methods. We all know the cause of most accidents in this country. They really think we are that stupid.

  • Bed Rock - 2011-09-21 08:19

    Let's start by taking the unroad worthy vehicles off in the first place, no matter what they are, trucks, buses, taxis etc. Then start looking at the diver capabilities. There should be a minimum age for drivers who are transporting people of at least 23 giving the driver a few years experience before driving innocent people around. This is where most of the problems occur.

  • Maryanne - 2011-09-21 08:21

    It is reckless driving as well as speed! Taxis are the worst, these drivers are just plain crazy and so are a lot of other people!Daily I witness the most appalling drivers along Beyers Naudé Rd! We should all obey and respect the law and other road users, sadly only are only a few of us do.

  • Schalk - 2011-09-21 08:22

    I think he operative term is public transport, there are so many vehicles on our roads that are not road worthy which would mean exceeding the speed limit is only compiles the underlying issue. I have seen more accidents in my time caused by the self proclaimed "class captains" of the road that refuse to yield causing other drivers frustration and taking risks. I am not saying that the yellow should act as second lane, especially when going around a blind turn, but if your visibility is in an excess of 150m why not yield?

      Nick van den berg - 2011-09-21 08:49

      Daar is nie 'n manier dat ek gaan padgee oor jy nie met jou ongeduldigheid kan saam leef nie.

      Schalk - 2011-09-21 11:22

      Ek is chill met queuing op nasionale paaie, dis ander mense wat ongeduldig raak en kanse waag en geduldige mense soos ek se lewe in gevaar stel. Dink vir jouself hoeveel keer het jy al op die lang pad gery en daar is daai een kar wat net eenvoudig nie wil pad gee nie en lei tot 10 15 karre se pileup en mense wat dan n stuk of 5 6 karre probeer verby steek. Nou logiese gesproke wat is veiliger? Ek wat rustig ry en in op n veillige stuk padgee vir n ander kar of ek wat nie padgee en iemand vorseer om 4 karre en my kar verby te steek op n blinde draai of 'n bult? Dalk is jy daai een kar ek weet nie. Maar die mense wat so ry, ry mos veilig en kom veillig by die huis aan maar weet nie van die ongeluk wat hulle 4 karre terug indirek veroorsaak het nie.

  • Max - 2011-09-21 08:26

    When will the idiots realise speed is not the main contributor to road deaths. (The percentage of total deaths are minimal.). Its the reckless driving, overtaking on solid lines / blind rises and untrustworthiness of vehicles. But then again sitting under a tree munching donuts and pap and speedtrapping is a cash cow that is milked to the n-th degree and much easier than stopping and check vehicles.

      Snoopy88 - 2011-09-21 13:39

      And the drinking and driving... These guys don't want to be pulling over drivers because they are scared they'll get shot!

  • casabanderas - 2011-09-21 08:29

    In australia the speed limit used to be 100 and it was raised to 110. In NZ it is still 120 and recently I was travelling at 105 in a 90 zone. A police car travelling towards me trapped me and did a u-turn, pulled me over and issued a fine there and then. That slowed me down. The equivalent of R750 and 4 points off. In Spain they reduced the speed limit to 110 in January and by June realised that all they had achieved was to slow the economy, so it is back to 120. In France the top limit is 130 and in Germany there is no top limit on freeways. So where is the problem. It is in the tyres. Minibus taxis should be run on heavy duty tyres for the load they carry but car tyres are so much cheaper. They cannot carry the load of a normally loaded taxi never mind when 20 are squeezed in. Commercial vehicles in Spain are tested by the state every 6 months including a check on the type of tyres used. Only in SA you borrow your friends tyres when yours are not too good. Get all taxis and busses roadworthy and have spot checks on the road. This will reduce the accident rate.

  • arthur.amgen - 2011-09-21 08:30

    It sounds like the Minister of Transport and the Minister of Energy are clueless. Ronald from the AA seems to be the expert in these matters. Even though the Ministers are also AA. ( Afirmitive Action). I will go with the other AA.Thank you.

  • Edmund Schoeman - 2011-09-21 08:32

    Ndebele should start with the basics! It is ILLEGAL to cycle, walk or hike on any highway!! I have seen traffic vehicles drive right passed people walking and hiking on the highway between George and George Airport. Between Knysna and Plett, there are more animals on the road than cars!! Traffic vehicles drive around the animals!! WTF ?? Get people and animals off the roads, and 90% of your problem is solved.

  • Esperanza - 2011-09-21 08:34

    Exactly - I am more at risk from someone who is doing 50km/h in the fast lane because he is texting and then swerves into the slow lane in front of me without indicating just before the exit, than from someone doing 120 who is fully aware of themselves and their fellow road users

  • Doc12 - 2011-09-21 08:35

    Research would show that taxi's are on the road say 14 hours of the day none stop, as oppossed to the average citizen who drives to work and drives home. This increases the potential for an accident to occur tremendously. Then you have the fact that drivers are fatigued, untrained, take frightning risks, become immune to the rules of the road and have vehicles that deteriate at an accelerated pace due to the constant use. This moves the chance of an accident occurring even higher up the scale. Then you have the final ingredient, overloading, and when the accident does occur, the result is a high fatality rate. This Mr Minister is why the death rate is so high. Nationalize taxi's, and make the registered owners pay into a fund that will have to pay out to victims, and watch how quickly the owners rope in their drivers for reckless driving. There is no consequence for Taxi boss's if a fatality occurs, it falls on the goverment to compensate at the expense of tax payers, and levies which could be used for other more pressing issues. And lastly, seeing as we are a nation that regards striking as a legitimate pass time, why on earth have the commuters who are put at risk daily, not said " enough, we want a safe passage to our destination " Boycotthe taxi's. Said minister should put a system into place where reckless drivers are reported, and made accountable for their misdemeanours.

      Styvies - 2011-09-21 15:26

      I am so with you especially on the last point - in btwn the lawless drivers, the mafia like owners and incompotent legislators and enforcers, it seems the only way for the taxi industry to change is for it to come from the commuters themselves!

  • DesertConvert - 2011-09-21 08:35

    I think the minister needs to travel my route every the taxis driving on pavements (forcing school children to jump out the way), see all the un-roadworthy vehicles, observe all the infringements (u-turns, etc.) of which almost none are speeding. I could go on forever. At the end of the day it's the lack of effective policing that lies at the heart of the problem.

  • cj.venter - 2011-09-21 08:35

    wow, someone out there actually has a brain,. lol.

  • shauncro - 2011-09-21 08:35

    The thing is, driving test in South Africa are too relaxed! The need to tighten up big time on the testing. In israel you are not allowed to even attempt the test unless you have had 30 - 40 driving lessons. And driving schools are heavily policed and monitored over there.

      Melinda - 2011-09-21 09:37


      Philip - 2011-11-10 07:01

      Moral of the story? Start a driving school in ISRAEL, or send our taxi operators over to Israel to do their drivers test?

  • michelle.e.magson - 2011-09-21 08:41

    Why don't we rather reduce the allowed speed of travel of Minibus Taxi's, and focus on regular roadworthying vehicles, say every 2 years? And increasing the period of learner drivers travelling with a licenced driver once thay have their permit? The permit is no replacement for experience. And ... here's a kicker, mebbe enforce the appropriate laws accross the board, not just for those who can't afford the bribes. Perhaps a little focus on bartenders holding keys, and returning them once a breathalyser is passed. Really, this sounde like a new way of increasing the money made from camera fines etc.

  • Mart - 2011-09-21 08:42

    Drivers of a large sector of our society do not have the cognitive ability (or cognitive dissonance) to anticipate or forsee consequences for their actions, hence the prevalence of head on collisions on our roads. Road markings for many are also mere decorations and pretty to look at. Much as large sectors of society ingnore judgements handed out by the judicial system, so our drivers decide they know what is good for them. Penalties like 'temporary confiscation' of vehicles for crossing a solid white line must be considered, particularly in the 'fee paying passenger segment of industry. An assessment of an individuals cognative abilities (to limit those with cognitive dissonance) should also be a pre-requisite for a public driving permit. (affliction by cognitive disequilibrium may also be an avenue to pursue Mr Minister of Transport.)

  • lacisnesnon - 2011-09-21 08:43

    Change the speed limit to 40km/h, why not make life even harder for your normal, honest, hardworking, tax-paying citizen....F%$@#!

  • Bokkie 36 - 2011-09-21 08:45

    'Ndebele said 126 people had been killed in the past two months in accidents involving public transport and that "something drastic needs to be done".' Perhaps therein lies Mr Ndebele's answer. Something should rather be done to get the drivers of said public transport vehicles up to standard, (and the vehicles as well).

  • Turbo - 2011-09-21 08:46

    If we apply this logic to minibus taxis, then we might as well ban them!

  • Nick van den berg - 2011-09-21 08:46

    Spoed is juis die oorsaak van kop tot kop botsings. Oor die bestuurder bo die spoedgrens ry, en nie agter die kar wil sit wat by die spoedgrens hou nie, en dan verbysteek al kan hy nie eers sien of daar enige iets van vooraf kom nie. En dan ook gese, die taxi bestuurders is soos die res van die ANC, niemand steur hulle aand die regstelsels of wette nie. Dis soos 'n flikker lig, die wit man het dit uitgevind, so hy sal dit nie gebruik nie. Begin die spoed van alle voertuie reguleer, as jy bo 100 kom, dan moet die enjin bloot net uitsny. Sal die padvarke ook 'n les of twee leer.

      Melinda - 2011-09-21 09:40


  • Dilly - 2011-09-21 08:47

    Mr Sibusiso Ndebele, dropping th espeed limit is not going to help. We had these speed limits about 25 years ago in SA. What will stop these types of accidents are: effective road policing(not speed traps), ensuring all vehicles are road worthy(regular checkups to be performed by the various traffic departments in all provinces), attitude of law enforcement agents to be changed towards the public and vice versa the change in attitude of the public towards the law enforcement officials, attitude of the drivers to change when driving, seperate routes for taxies and buses as well as trucks. I personally believe that trucks should be forced off the main arterial routes country wide. Road ordinance By-Laws should be strictly enforced and adhered to by everyone including our civil servants in government,Blue-Light Brigades should be disbanded immediately and those "police" officials to be re-integrated back into the various law enforcement agencies and this would bolster the various agencies with more officials. Our law enforcement members should be properly trained from the very beginning and strict discipline to be enforced, this training should carry on during their years of service in the various department. Goveerment officals to stop spending our money lavishly, the President should not be allowed to hire any private charters at R108000.00/hour as this money can be better utilised towards members salaries and vehicles.

  • Sean - 2011-09-21 08:49

    "Reduce the speed limit"...says he who is escorted by a 160 km/h, Blue Light moving violation of human dignity.

      IsThatAFact - 2011-09-21 09:25

      Remember the oil slick that got Jannie into big trouble for doing his job and they worried about speed

  • Zennie - 2011-09-21 08:50

    This will not decrease the accident toll.Accidents are caused by ignorant selfish drivers,inexperienced,intoxicated.cellphone used during driving, untrustworthy vehicles,bad road conditions,etc. Drivers licences to have stricter testing.(know people that cant drive and got their licence lawfully)At the age of 18 the youngsters are still to immature for this responsibility Speed is not always the cause,but where it is present,the severity is so much greater..

  • kevin.maloney2 - 2011-09-21 08:56

    But does Australia have mini bus taxi's and wonderful drivers.

  • Adnil - 2011-09-21 08:59

    Lowering the speed limit will have absolutely no affect on reducing road deaths. It is the minibus taxi drivers that cause these deaths. Every single day as I drive to work these taxi drivers put other road users' lives at risk as they drive up the wrong side of a queue of cars just to get 2 cars ahead at the robot,go through red robots, and overtake in the face of oncoming traffic. Let's not play games, but call a spade a spade. Until there is some regulation by police of the taxi drivers, the deaths on our roads, of minibus taxi passengers as well as other drivers, will continue or are there too many politicians financially invested in the taxi industry for this to be carried out?

      kenneth.roselt - 2011-09-21 16:09

      My sentiments exactly...

  • Burnicus - 2011-09-21 09:02

    What's the point of reducing the speed limit to 100km/h when the highways are so busy and so full of idiots driving at <100km/h in the fast lane anyway!

  • Danel - 2011-09-21 09:17

    What we need is a COMPLETE ATTITUDE CHANGE. That, unfortunately, will NOT happen while we have drivers in massive COAL & OTHER TRUCKS, as well as TAXI AND BUS DRIVERS who think they are in a position of POWER. Get the RAIL TRANSPORT SYSTEM working again and deliver coal to power stations via conveyor belts. Stop telling these drivers that they are now "EMPOWERED" Scrap the stupid K-whatever driver test and replace it with TRAINING that will TEACH DRIVERS how to safely handle a vehicle. Do not alow a "fresh" young driver to handle a large vehicle or bus without SUPERVISION before his 45th or 50th birthday. Let him or her get EXPERIENCE first. STOP HIDING UNDER TREES & BRIDGES TO CATCH PEOPLE EXCEEDING THE SPEED LIMIT BY 5 OR 10 Kph., BUT CONCENTRATE ON RECKLESS STUPID DRIVERS THAT HAVE NO RESPECT FOR A STOP SIGN OR A RED OR YELLOW ROBOT. Have REGULAR INSPECTIONS (Road Blocks) to INSPECT VEHICLES, and not just to look at a licence disk. Make me the minister of transport & you will see a radical change within a week.

  • Rikus De Beer - 2011-09-21 10:30

    If the most people die in accidents where public transport is involved shouldn't he then be looking at public transport? I have seen many public buses exceeding speed limits and committing numerous traffic violations. The attention should be focused on the abilities and attitudes of the public transport employees.

  • Rikus De Beer - 2011-09-21 10:36

    Traffic officials should also enforce other rules then speeding, around the University of Pretoria there is a lot of traffic violations that will cause the loss of life, like not obeying a stop sign and crossing red lights. It seems as if traffic officials know only two traffic violations, speeding and parking violations. Both of which is rarely the main causes of accidents, the later likely never caused an accident.

  • Diggler - 2011-09-21 10:38

    One of the main causes of accidents is purely to the fact that people drive and sms in some or other way for instance bbm. Expect the accident rate to go up drasticly.

  • Gregor gmail - 2011-09-21 12:44

    In germany people drive 220 km/h and this country has one of the lowest accident rates world wide. You drive on one side and overtake on the other..even when you drive 200 km/h you move back into the 'slow' lane after overtaking. People need to be discipline on highways and not drink and drive there, or drive stupid there, no crossing of the roads by pedastrians or bakies and no shops allowed on is there for cars and breaking rules willfully on it leads to heavy fines eben for pedestrians or transport companies. Not we cannot change our country immediatly,but we can strive for this. Turning highways into provincial roads is not the way to go!