Road deaths rising – AA

2013-04-11 13:04

Little has been done to reduce road deaths in South Africa, the Automobile Association (AA) has said.

“While South Africa is a signatory of the United Nations (UN) Resolution on the Decade of Action, it is clear that little has been done to create change or prevent road deaths during the busiest times of the year,” AA spokesperson Gary Ronald said.

The number of road deaths over Easter had been increasing since 2011.

“Despite the claim that the number of crashes on major routes declined, the number of deaths has increased year-on-year since 2011,” said Ronald.

The AA said 241 people were killed on the roads over the Easter holiday, from March 28 to April 1, up from the 217 lives lost last year and 151 in 2011.

“Figures show 60% of those killed are pedestrians,” Ronald said.

“The UN Decade of Action was launched two years ago, and yet we are still waiting for the South Africa strategy to be formulated and introduced to the public. The question is why it takes so long to get the strategy in place.”

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