1 232 killed on SA roads in December

2012-01-04 14:44

Johannesburg - Thirty-nine people were killed each day on South Africa's roads between December 1 and 31, the Road Traffic Management Corporation said on Wednesday.

A total of 1 232 people were killed over that period, in 1 027 crashes countrywide, spokesperson Ashref Ismail said.

"Reports received from traffic monitors around the country suggest greater compliance from most motorists. Traffic authorities will deal harshly with those who are a source of danger to themselves and others."

Ismail said between December 26 and 31, a total of 179 131 vehicles were stopped and screened countrywide.

For the same period 373 people were arrested for various traffic offences, including 193 for drunken driving and 40 for speeding.

All major national and provincial routes were expected to carry heavier-than-usual traffic volumes over the coming weekend, ahead of schools re-opening.

"There will be compulsory public passenger transport stop-points at various locations to address fatigue and vehicle fitness."

  • Donald - 2012-01-04 15:07

    Although this figure is totally unacceptable, why does it only get so much attention in December? The Road Traffic Management Corporation said on 702 last week that the figure averages to between 40 and 50 deaths per day EVERYDAY of the year, with the highest being recorded in July and August. Can it be that there is not much other news that the media latch onto it year after year? If so many people were being killed in SA daily due to crime etc, people would be leaving in droves. We are a strange lot!

      Squeegee - 2012-01-04 15:27

      It helps explain why holidaymakers are targeted at this time of the year. They are easy targets and also actually pay their fines. Half the deaths are pedestrians and most of the rest are taxi related.

      ajcvdw - 2012-01-04 15:27

      The murder rate is actually around the same number, if not a bit higher than that actually. According to official police figures, we are at around 16,000 homicides per year currently, or 1333 per month on average. Scary, isn't it?

      procold2 - 2012-01-13 09:47

      i agree with squeegee,why dont they beak the figure up into ,padestrian,taxi and bus related and passanger cars. if they did this surley the gov would have to take step in regulating the taxi ind.

  • mholthuysen - 2012-01-04 15:14

    And next year the same number or more; as with you need an effective and non-corrupt police force to patrol the roads; who has a no nonsense approach. 373 people arrested for traffic offences - I could have arrested those in one road at Christmas Day in Durban alone - as EVERYONE was drunk driving away.

  • Trevor - 2012-01-04 15:16

    and why would they not tell us how many of those accidents are caused by very poor road surfaces, I done allot of traveling over this period about 2600 km and the roads are a mess, potholes, no marked lanes, no lights working, i even saw a couple of upside down speed limits where you have to travel 08 km p/h...pathetic i would say.junctions where there are no visible stop signs ect,ect. would they really tell us that its due to poor maintenance from the provincial goverments. ????????

      Mildly_Amused - 2012-01-05 10:18

      Fair enough, the roads are bad, but you're alive, aren't you? Which goes to show that if you drive responsibly, you should be ok...

      ofentse.ramorula - 2012-01-05 11:53

      @Mildy Amused, you are a fool to think like that. It was reported that most of the crashes were head on collisions. usually in a head on collision, one party was driving recklessly and the other party was driving responsibly and they both end up dead.

  • Kgaogelo - 2012-01-04 15:48

    They preach speed kills and they only managed to arrest 40 people from a fatality of more than a 1000. I would say the authorities did not do their job at all. On the N1 the speed traps are only there so that they send you a bill at the end of the month but not to save peoples lives. When will somebody stand up and mention the un-roadworthy vehicles on the road and the never stopping no respect for each other on our roads. A whole lot more can be done ... who will be first??

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-04 15:49

    Our roads are death traps and a lot still needs to be done. How can our roads be deadly than a battle field? If safety and public transport can be improved a lot of death would be reduced. SA is not safe to risk by using public transport if you have a car.

  • WimpieN - 2012-01-04 15:53

    I am not at all surprised! I drove back with the family from Hartenbos and it was scary! Did not encounter a single taxi driving badly but many, MANY, cars and SUV's doing very risky things and witnessed some very close calls! Without implicating a single make of car it would appear that people with no shortage of cash drive like they have no shortage of lives either! Absolutely shocking! My wife and kids will fly down next time and I will drive down. It is just not worth the risk anymore.

  • Lauren - 2012-01-04 16:02

    I think it's a great idea to have compulsory stop points. Some roads are iffy, but then is it not up to the motorists to keep that in mind and drive accordingly? Furthermore, no amount of awesome cops/roads are going to prevent the murderers (drunks) who get behind the wheel and then find everyone else to blame, but themselves! I say good on the traffic department for at least attempting to save us from ourselves.

  • Gary - 2012-01-04 16:53

    Again, what about the 55 killed by murder every day. No big news is it.

  • visko.vandermerwe - 2012-01-05 08:46

    Again, Australia is less than half the population size of South Africa, but with twice as many cars on the road than South Africa, and the death rate for the same period is 48.

      JohnSA02 - 2012-01-05 10:17

      On a recent trip to Australia where I drove about 300km on the one public holiday I was amazed at how well the traffic flowed, stress free as people show consideration towards each other and everyone is not trying to be in front. When on car did come along and pass dangerously, guess what, there was a South African flag sticker on the boot.....

      Koekies - 2012-01-05 15:16

      Are you giving the ausies credit or are you complaining about what you did NOT do to improve our country? Run baby RUN!

  • John - 2012-01-06 10:10

    what about the rest of the year

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