Distracted drivers to blame, says N3TC

2015-01-27 00:00

ACCORDING to N3 Toll Concession (N3TC), the company responsible for the operations and management of the N3 toll route, the majority of crashes on the N3 highway between Heidelberg in Gauteng and Cedara in KwaZulu-Natal are caused by human error.

Their statistics show:

• Human error was the cause of 68% of light vehicle crashes, and 76% of heavy vehicle crashes during 2014.

• The total number of crashes decreased by 3,4% from 2013 to 2014, but the N3TC blames negligent driving, general carelessness and high-risk driver behaviour as the main contributors to crash statistics along this route.

• The number of injury crashes on the N3 toll route decreased by 1,9% and fatal crashes decreased 5,3% in 2014 compared to 2013.

• A marked decrease of 66,7% in fatalities was recorded during the recent peak festive season.

• Injury crashes were reduced by 6,8% compared to the previous season.

“Although we are heartened by this downward trend, it is clear that sustained, consistent, and co-ordinated efforts are required to keep road users alert and conscious of their joint responsibility towards road safety.

“Most crashes can be reduced by taking better care and adopting safe driving practices,” said N3TC’s commercial manager Con Roux.

According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel in South Africa, motor accidents are the single greatest annual cause of death nationwide.

Road traffic injuries are predicted to become the fifth leading cause of death by 2030.

According to statistics released on drivers.com, “drivers who use a hand-held device are four times more likely to get into a car accident than drivers that pay attention to the road ahead. Individuals who text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to get into an accident.”

According to Lizette Erasmus, head of insurance services at IntegriSure, most accidents on our roads are as a result of human error, often caused by one of many potential distractions.

“Distractions whilst you are driving reduce the awareness of your environment, your decision-making process and your driving performance that could result in an accident,” explained Erasmus.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

One person was seriously injured in an accident on the N3 south near the Richmond Road off ramp yesterday afternoon at around


ACCORDING to popular websites like “todayifoundout.com” and “mentalfloss.com”, the first recorded car related death happened in Ireland in 1869 and claimed the life of scientist Mary Ward.

Ward was riding in a steam-powered automobile built by her cousins. As they rounded a bend in the road, Ward was thrown from her seat and fell in the vehicle’s path.

One of the wheels rolled over her and broke her neck, killing her instantly.

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