Be safe on the road

2018-11-27 06:00
According to Road Traffic Management Corporation statistics, there were 14 071 deaths related to road accidents in 2016. PHOTO: phindile shozi

According to Road Traffic Management Corporation statistics, there were 14 071 deaths related to road accidents in 2016. PHOTO: phindile shozi

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DECEMBER is said to be one of the worst months in terms of road accidents as residents around the country head to their various holiday destinations.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) stated that nearly 20% of road crashes in South Africa can be attributed to road and environmental factors.

Traffic Management Solutions Consultancy founder Steve Proctor said that 1.25 million people are killed on the roads every year where half of them are pedestrians and motor cyclists. “Fifty million people are seriously injured and many have life changing injuries,” he said.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation statistics indicate that there were 14 071 reported deaths in 2016.

In speaking on the issue, Proctor said: “Half of the fatalities that take place on the road were dictated to be between six in the morning until six in the afternoon.” Additionally, statistics from RTMC revealed that more crashes take place over the weekends.

Proctor said that the data showed that 20% of accidents involve single vehicle overturning, 10% were hit and run, 10% were head-on collisions and 40% involved pedestrians.

“Head-on collision is the cause of many accidents in South Africa because when the people are driving it seems like they are always rushing. If they are not in a hurry, they can stop the accident from taking place by moving on with the traffic without wanting to overtake,” he explained.

Further he said that in South Africa there’s a perception that women are the worst drivers, however the statistics did not agree. The data indicated that men were more likely to be involved in accidents than women.

In conclusion, he advised that in order for the numbers of deaths on our roads to go down and not up, people should comply with the rules of the road and drive accordingly.

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