Death toll rises to 1 279

2013-01-03 17:28

Johannesburg - The death toll on South African roads over the festive season stands at 1 279, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said on Thursday.

"Preliminary reports from the SAPS for the period 1 December [2012] to 1 January [2013] indicated 1 067 crashes, resulting in 1 279 fatalities," said spokesperson Ashref Ismail.

On Monday the death toll stood at 1 207.

Ismail said there had been 21 major accidents reported between 1 December last year and 1 January this year.

The department of transport on Wednesday said more than 2 100 motorists had been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol since 1 December.

"This can't be normal... [between] 1 December and today [2 January ], over 2 100 people were arrested for drunk driving," said spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso.

"Families and the economy continue to suffer and bleed, because we are losing manpower when people are killed in accidents. The department is concerned because we continue to witness unnecessary loss of lives."

In the accidents over the festive season, alcohol and excessive speed were "common denominators" in many of the fatal crashes.

"We need to remove habitual offenders from our roads - they are turning our roads into killing fields," he said.

  • thebe.tau - 2013-01-03 17:37

    When is the commander in chief of nkandla doing the cleansing ceremony? I cannot wait for 0 deaths on easter and festive seasons.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-03 17:38

    . The very first step to safer roads: ----------------STOP CORRUPTION BY TRAFFIC COPS !!!-----------------

      Ingrid la Grange - 2013-01-03 18:46

      In December, people are killed undertaking long distance trips. Due to ridiculous airport taxes and high ticket prices, many people choose to drive over the festive season instead of flying. Drop these costs and increase other forms of public transport, such as trains, and the number of accidents will reduce.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2013-01-03 20:37

      @Ingrid la Grange - in our country of great of expanse and wondrous public transport, you will still have to hire a car when you get there

  • Daniel Nunes - 2013-01-03 17:43

    how many people were murdered during the same period? lead by the blind in zimbabwe II...

  • TSR01 - 2013-01-03 17:45

    Finally we're hearing that alcohol and speeding have a major role to play in the fatalities, not "normal speed limits which should be reduced by 20km/h in all zones" or "people who have had 1 beer so we must lower the alcohol limit to 250ml beer or 10ml hard liquor". Sensibility must be exercised, not only by road users, but also by legislators who wish to regulate road users.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2013-01-03 17:46

    "This cannot be normal". Surprise! It's been perfectly normal for so long that all these stats do is sell newspapers and provide a forum for posting comments. We're all used to it now. 55 die on our roads every month - almost 3x as many will live but be maimed and mutilated and have their futures radically altered. We've made the abnormal, normal. Every single one of us. Because we do not care enough. It is "someone else's problem"

  • trevor.bush.9655 - 2013-01-03 17:46

    When Government plans work, it's SUCCESS TO THE ANC...when it flops which is every bloody time, it's the peoples fault...apartheid..."agents"...then they "re-deploy" their Comrades and we start all over again with big fat bonus's to the Comrades....see road deaths as a form of population control, you'll NEVER stop it, best you can hope for is to manage it...not what I say, just look at the GOVERNMENT stats the last 19 years. This is Africa, not Europe...

  • jabu.nkabinde.54 - 2013-01-03 17:56

    I just wonder how many of the bloggers here can confess how many times they have driven drunk and were just lucky not to be caught! Some of us are not as innocent as we subject ourselves here

      lacrimose.wolf - 2013-01-03 18:09

      Yep and that's part of the problem - there's a very childish side to some ZAnians who want to see what they can get away with just because no-one is looking

      Erna - 2013-01-03 18:27

      @lacrimose - yep read my comment which was posted without reading any of the comments!

  • aroka.murombe - 2013-01-03 18:20

    And RTMC method of reducing this number is working....... What a joke

  • Peter Zylstra - 2013-01-03 18:20

    The hopeless and incompetent traffic police allows SAfricans to drive like morons hence sll the saccidents.

  • Erna - 2013-01-03 18:23

    It is now pretty clear that our (adult) drivers cannot be trusted and have to be treated like supervised children, till obeying rules comes naturally. And for the 2000 arrested drunk drivers, another 2000 will appear.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2013-01-03 18:45

      :) what amuses me is that the same people blaming the govt and asstd authorities for road deaths are often the same people demanding govt accountability on other issues or mocking the very same blame-game they play. It's a democracy, people. Not Utopia. Only through *all* our efforts, on every thing we care about, can we make it Utopia.

  • D_MAN - 2013-01-03 19:08

    They are quick to blame drinking and driving and reckless driving. But whats been done about over crowded vehicles and unroadworthy vehicles. I have seen so many over crowded vehicles drive past traffic officers and they are not pulled over. Sort the traffic cops out. Sort the corruption out and get these corrupt cops out. Over loaded vehicles are also the biggest killers on the roads and so are unroadworthy vehicles. Stop using drunk driving as a scape goat because its easy one to blame.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2013-01-03 19:45

      Well a drunk driver chooses to drive drunk, as do any who choose to be in the drunk-driver's car. The same for over-loading. If there are only so many seats, it's not just the driver's fault, it's also the fault of those who decide to cram in - no-one makes you get in, you choose that. So along with all the sorting out of cops etc, let's also sort out the way we choose to rationalise our very irrational behaviour

  • ft.burhaak - 2013-01-03 19:22

    Just now while driving i saw a young blonde girl lying on the road,body was covered.She was knocked down while cycling.Cyclists be carefull.

  • Keshlen Reddy - 2013-01-03 19:40

    It is sad and horrifying this year in and year out stat. We cannot compare ourselves to Europe. They do not have a migrant labour system like we have here were workers leave mines, farms etc and travel a looong way home. We also do not have a feasible , viable or existing long distance public transport system for our people to use. 30 Yrs since we last built a proper railway line. Go figure. Eskom, Sanral, Telkom, RTMC - All parastatals that are FAILING us. We need to stand together, ignore race and historical allegiances, and FIGHT for a change for the good. We can change this country around if every public servant, or anyone for that matter, gets off theirs rses and not leave it for the next person.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2013-01-03 21:11

      Europe has as much, if not more, migratory labour especially East to West. They have an infrastructure and enforced laws to cope.

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  • mike.bester1 - 2013-01-04 16:12

    Preliminary reports from the SAPS period 1 December [2012] to 1 January [2013] 1 279 fatalities Ashref Ismail., please give us a Preliminary report on how many murders and rapes occurred over the same period ,now that is something to be concerned about and worth all this fuss

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