765 killed on SA roads this month

2012-12-22 10:21

Johannesburg - A total of 765 people have been killed on SA roads so far this month, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said on Saturday.

"The preliminary festive season statistics as reported by the SAPS from 1 December 2012 to 21 December 2012 is 765 fatalities from 638 fatal crashes," said RTMC spokesperson Ashref Ismail.

Seventeen of the accidents were considered major fatal crashes.

"A major fatal crash is defined as a crash in which five or more people were killed in a single incident."

He said eleven of these major fatal accidents had been head-on-collisions.

"The chances of surviving such crashes at any speed are very slim."

Ismail said the main factors behind road accidents were excessive speed, dangerous overtaking, drinking and driving and pedestrians who were drinking and then went walking.

In 2011, 1 771 people died as a result of 1 316 road accidents that took place between 1 December to 10 January 2012.

The previous year, 1 551 people had died in the same period.

Traffic volumes

The RTMC had hoped to reduce the number of road casualties this year by 25%.

"Given the preliminary figures, all indications are that this target will not be met".

Nevertheless, the RTMC hoped to come as close to the target as possible.

Meanwhile, traffic volumes across the country were expected to peak on Saturday afternoon as South Africans made their way to holiday destinations.

Ismail said about 1 500 to 1 800 vehicles were travelling towards Polokwane from Gauteng.

High traffic volumes were also expected on the N3 in the direction of Durban and on the N1 from Mangaung to Cape Town.

Ismail said people must be patient if stopped at a road block as these were there to check the safety of vehicles, drivers' competence and to prevent drinking and driving.

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-22 10:25

    Very sad, but misleading stats. This is slightly less than the average for any 22 days of the year.. Also, pedestrians make up a large percentage and when you add the taxis you can ask the question why holiday makers are targeted at this time of the year...

      honey.deelishus - 2012-12-22 13:24

      This is more than the total for the entire year in the UK! PLUS, there are SIX times the number of vehicles on the road in the UK. WHY? - Every road is monitored PLUS they enforce the points system - four speeding fines and there goes your license.

      sheamus.drager - 2012-12-22 15:44

      I have often wondered what the avg. is per month. Every Easter and Xmas we get the totals trotted out by the authorities, but there is never a figure for the rest of the year. If as squeegee says, it less than avg. and with the added traffic, then it's an improvement.

  • azizanana.ngoiepado - 2012-12-22 10:36

    is sad our road

  • morrisn2 - 2012-12-22 10:39

    Police visibility is crucial, i drove all the way frm jo`burg 2 nelspruit there was only one police car jst b4 delmas, u tel me if enough is being done? Some drive without licences, drunk n speeding!

      emi.zen.37 - 2012-12-22 12:02

      People should just assume responsibility of their own actions and stop expecting to be baby sat by government. Let us all respect each other, the rules of the road, practice defensive driving and courtesy.......and of course ensure that our own vehicles are roadworthy. Charity begins at home and ends where it begins....lets all be safe fellow South Africans.

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-12-22 10:42

    I wonder how many died in august, october

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-22 11:10

      About 1400 per month...

  • hope.tshepo1 - 2012-12-22 10:54

    Eix ..pity 4 does hu r lost thei beloved families

  • siphiwo.maurice - 2012-12-22 10:56

    This is sad indeed. Speed and drunk-driving are the major causes of such fatalties. This number is very high considering the fact that, we still have about 10 days before we hopefully see 2013, how many more must die then? To all the road users, please drive within the confines of the law and save life.

  • Erna - 2012-12-22 11:01

    Road blocks are not the answer. Moving, visible policing along all the roads would be better. People keep on taking chances between road blocks but we all drive according to the rules when we see cops.

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-12-22 11:33

    Very sad, but with the standard of driving in South Afric being amongst the worst in the world, it is hardly surprising.

  • blocks.matome - 2012-12-22 11:40

    people must make sure that their vihicles are well serviced befor they can take a long distance and people must stop this thing of drink and drive.

      bheki.buthelezi.779 - 2012-12-25 04:43

      servicing a car is one part, but it's about drivers attitudes , eg. driving to durban on average is 6 hours inclusive of regular stops, but some drivers u them boast about I'm doing it in 4 hours, such causes accidents due speed etc.

  • Phil.Kleynhans - 2012-12-22 11:40

    A big problem I noticed on the roads are vehicle not putting on their lights when it is raining , misty or before and sun up and sunset and is not very visible. Even if you flash lights for them they ignore the warning. This is when most head on collision happen.

  • gavin.taylor.79 - 2012-12-22 11:41

    Consider this..... Approx 12 million vehicles on the road in SA. Approx 36 million in the UK. Road deaths in SA = Approx 1500 per MONTH. Road deaths in the UK = Approx 1600 per YEAR. Ask yourself if the govt/authorities are doing enough.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-22 11:50

      Ask yourself if ZA drivers have an attitude and impulse control problem

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-22 12:18

      Wolfie, you must however take into account that roads in the UK are narrow and congested - its hard to get a car up to 120km/h even on the highways - I've tried. But, then again the law is applied and people respect it.

      Erna - 2012-12-22 12:39

      The huge difference in other countries, ie. UK, USA, Australia, is that the public RESPECTS the law and law officials. Our cops have a long way to go.

      nelson.nkosi.3 - 2012-12-22 13:35

      How about number of black drivers in UK, or is that a racist question ?

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-22 14:24

      What kind of adults are we if we're hell-bent on breaking every rule just because nobody's around to stop us? Kids do that. And some politicians. Ask most ZA adults and they claim they are law-abiding - pay their taxes, don't beat their wives and kids, don't steal from their employers etc. Put them behind the steering wheel and suddenly laws are for other people. It's a very strange pathology we have as a nation.

      gavin.taylor.79 - 2012-12-23 00:40

      I think that a big factor is that in the UK, vehicles are required to have an annual MOT(roadworthy). Also, the penalty points system on your drivers licence will considerably raise your insurance premiums. Car insurance is COMPULSORY in UK and if you are caught without a drivers licence, MOT or insurance, your car will be impounded immediately.

  • Mvubux - 2012-12-22 12:33

    How are they going to reduce the crashes? I've seen no difference in the policing of reckless driving this season

  • geronimo.feather - 2012-12-22 12:38

    "...and on the N1 from Mangaung to Cape Town." Do you mean 'Bloemfontein' to Cape Town? Why reference a municipality to a city?

  • patrick.mahungela - 2012-12-22 12:59

    Even a single soul is too much. we lost our beloved brother during this times every year we are sorry to the farmilies who lost their loved ones

  • snkomo - 2012-12-22 14:28

    Ridiculously low speed limits is also a contributing factor especially in KZN where you have to drive over 100km at 100km/hr. fatigue has always been left out of the causes of road accidents when authorities are asked to comment.

  • duncan.chimba - 2012-12-22 22:28

    drivers pls take care

  • Lindy Nolan - 2012-12-23 07:49

    Die paaie is vol slaggate het jul daar ok aan gedink en nie dat dit noodwendag drank is nie.ons was amper vrydag in n ongeluk want jy koets vir een slagat daans daa 10 ander.die regering sal moet wakker word want dis hoe mense hul lewens veloor.

  • bheki.buthelezi.779 - 2012-12-25 04:28

    even 1 is still too much i suggest we get a breakdown of drivers state @ the time, eg. how many were drunk, new drivers <3 or 6 months with a drivers license, suspended b4, where's the high rate cause it's clear too many unfit drivers on national roads during festive and easter

  • bheki.buthelezi.779 - 2012-12-25 04:55

    another key contributor is poor eye sight, a driver failing to the distance of other motorists either trying to change lane or overtaking other vehicles, and this solely rest with corrupt officials selling drivers licenses, bcos such drivers wouldn't have gone onto our roads in the first place

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