710 festive season road deaths

2011-12-20 17:36

Johannesburg - Since the beginning of the festive season on December 1, there have been 710 fatalities on South Africa's roads, the road traffic management corporation (RTMC) said on Tuesday.

Almost 600 fatal crashes were recorded between December 1 and December 19, spokesperson Ashref Ismail said.

Factors that contributed to the crashes were high speed, dangerous driving, fatigue among long distance minibus drivers, overloading and tyre failure.

Between December 12 and 18, more than 1 000 motorists were arrested for transgressions including drunken driving, excessive speed, overloading and reckless or negligent driving.

"A total of 215 467 vehicles were stopped in that same period across the country, and 1 625 vehicles were discontinued," Ismail said.

Heavy traffic was expected on various major routes ahead of the Christmas weekend.

"Motorists are urged to obey speed limits, ensure that your vehicle fitness [check] is done and rest when tired.

"Mixing energy drinks and whisky does not help with fatigue. While it will give you a temporary high, it will result in an immediate slump in energy levels. Fatigue requires rest."

  • Smanga Zwane - 2011-12-20 18:23

    Bad drivers... Dare kill me on the roads ... I will kick your ass..m

      Smanga Zwane - 2011-12-20 18:59

      So many dislikes... Let's take it outside...

      makesuthink - 2011-12-21 06:53

      Try kick my ass when you are dead You have a ghost of a chance

  • Saksak Motsepe - 2011-12-20 18:31

    December road deaths are always similar to road deaths of other months, so why tell us about December and not the other months?

      Squeegee - 2011-12-20 19:28

      Saksak, for once I agree with you. The stats are distorted to support the Arrive Alive campaign. I'm all for safety, and I support the AA campaign, but, the average monthly deathtoll is about the same as December. Sometimes the numbers seem higher than the average because they take the whole holiday season not just one month. Furthermore, half the deathtoll are pedestrians and then the most of the rest are taxis and busses. Holidaymakers are targeted but make up only a small percentage of the deaths.

  • Saksak Motsepe - 2011-12-20 18:32

    December road deaths are always similar to road deaths of other months, so why tell us about December and not the other months?

  • Irene - 2011-12-20 18:41

    How many of these deaths are as a direct result of a taxi?

      craigtjames - 2011-12-20 19:32

      Irene, I agree with you, but there are more here. Firstly we need to start looking at (I am sorry) CORRUPTION!! People pay bribes to get their licenses, people pay to get our of drunken driving, people pay to get out of driving without licenses, people pay to get out of speeding fines, people pay to keep their unroadworthy vehicles on the road, people pay to let the law-enforcer turn a blind eye to the fact that their vehicles are overloaded, either with people or goods. How many of these accidents come as a direct or indirect result of the above? Enforce the law and save lives (actually that goes for everything in our country does it not?)

      roger.pacey - 2011-12-20 19:37

      Apparently, it's somewhere between 1,5 and 3%. They had someone from the Road Traffic Management Corp(?) giving the statistics on Radio 702 a couple of months ago. I think the impression that the percentage is higher is because taxi accidents involve multiple fatalities and are therefore newsworthy

  • Morakane - 2011-12-20 19:07

    Shaking my head, and just thinking of the grief stricken families over Christmas. So uneccessary.

  • indianajohn - 2011-12-20 19:23

    The festive season does not start on the 1st of December.. or am I missing something here? Do they use 1 December so that they can quote more crashes? Traffic on the 1st of December is the same as traffic on any other workday.

  • Rijger - 2011-12-20 19:23

    Whilst each and every road death are regretful, I also think that the general public needs to be informed of what type of transport was responsible for these deaths, ie taxis, motor vehicles, buses, lorries, etc. Not just that, but instead of giving generalisations, also give the causes of these mishaps. Maybe then the public would be better informed to make better decisions in future, don't you think?

  • roger.pacey - 2011-12-20 19:45

    "Factors that contributed to the crashes were high speed, dangerous driving, fatigue among long distance minibus drivers, overloading and tyre failure." At the beginning of the season,the main factors given were alcohol, speeding and unroadworthy vehicles. These three are detectable by cops at the roadside. I wonder whether the addition of reckless driving means that there are now mobile units monitoring driver behaviour or whether it is inferred from examination of accident scenes.

      Pete - 2011-12-20 19:56

      Having been involved on the Polokwane Highway for 2 years, the results of accidents that I've recorded show a high incidence of tyre failure coupled to a lack of knowledge or experience in emergency situations. On examination of nvehicles at accidents, a high number of these vehicles have tyres that are beyond "Shelf Life" The tyre manufactures give a shelf life of 4 years, check your tyres that you purchase next time and you will find the date moulded in a rectangular block into the tyre. Some suppliers allow thier stock to exceed this date and ther purchaser is totally unaware

  • Steve - 2011-12-20 20:20

    Congratulations SA is halfway to reaching UK annual figure in 16 days

  • halicon76 - 2011-12-20 20:31

    i thought there would be more... don't get me wrong... but when i see the way people drive day to day its a miracle to be alive each day.

  • Renier - 2011-12-20 21:58

    Again only the random stopping of motorists at roadblocks. Very little moving violations law enforcement. The law is transgressed at almost every robot during every robot cycle... where are the officers? Solid line over-takings... where are the officers? I can go on and on.

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