December road death toll tops 1 100

2010-12-29 22:00

Johannesburg - Over 1 100 people have died on South African roads during this festive season, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said on Wednesday.

"Preliminary statistics of people who have died on roads across the country from December 1 to 28 are 1 149 out of 958 fatal accidents," acting CEO of the RTMC Collins Letsoalo said in a statement.

There were 1 304 deaths from 1 013 fatal crashes during the same period last year.

The three provinces recording the highest number of accidents were KwaZulu-Natal with 185 crashes, Gauteng with 169 crashes and Eastern Cape with 131 crashes.

"The major contributory factors remain speeds too high for circumstances, tyre failure, fatigue, dangerous overtaking and drinking and driving."

A total of 1 051 people were arrested for drinking and driving in the past week.

Criminal records

"We will show no mercy. If we catch you drinking and driving, you will be arrested and if convicted, have a criminal record for life," Letsoalo.

Due to the high number of deaths on the country's roads this festive season, the RTMC was working with municipal and provincial authorities to clamp down on traffic offenders in the remaining days of 2010.

Roadblocks, roadside checkpoints, roving patrols, ghost squad patrols and patrol vehicles equipped with moving violation recorders and automatic number plate recognition devices would be used to police traffic offenders.

"Motorists travelling in severely unroadworthy vehicles will, over and above a fine, also have the licence disc removed and the vehicle discontinued.

"The same will apply to speedsters who deliberately remove registration plates, display fraudulent plates, obscure plates or use hairspray or laser jammers in order to defeat speed cameras," the RTMC said.

The RTMC urged road users to comply with traffic rules and to make a concerted resolution to be better road users.

  • Macho Mike - 2010-12-29 23:05

    Every year it's the same - tough talk from the clowns at the top of the tree - but still more people die on SA roads. At least those in the funeral business have a bumper season to look forward to. SA's road stats are a national disgrace.

  • madmax007 - 2010-12-29 23:10

    Unless the mindset of the mini-bus driver is addressed, we will never get the death toll down. They overtake on single white lines and travel in squads, dicing each other and having no regard for the unexpected. No matter how strict the rules of the road become, the taxi will always be the biggest contributor to our tragic death toll.

      CTS - 2010-12-30 13:24


      p123 - 2010-12-30 14:16

      100%. They (authorities) must drive around with blinkers on, the rest of us every day see these imbeciles drive, yet they continue every day to ignore their antics. And so when 20 people die in a Minibus, it's like 'eish, how did this happen, we needs to do a full investigation and prepare a 100 page document'. These authorites are totally brain-dead!!!

  • immelmap - 2010-12-29 23:56

    What do you expect when you witness people's lawless behaviour on the road,while the cops turn a blind eye.The goverment is afraid to take action agaionst taxis and busses.

      kfxnando - 2010-12-30 16:30

      what about when the cops set the worst example!! talking on cellphones, no seat belts, no indicators, traffic cop cars that have non working headlights or rear lights! lead gby example!!

  • abandonedbluehondanw2 - 2010-12-30 00:34

    A recent government study indicates that 23% of traffic accidents are alcohol related. This means that the remaining 77% are caused by monkeys like me that just drink coffee, carbonated drinks, juices, yogurts, etc. Therefore, beware of those who do not drink alcohol. They cause three times as many accidents.

      kfxnando - 2010-12-30 16:29


  • Bennie - 2010-12-30 03:58

    Maybe the traffic authorities should focus on the real issues that contribute to road crashes. The stop -a - million - a - month campaign of the Minister of Transport has been a complete failure. We must remember that 90 percent of crashes are caused by moving violations. Static roadblocks, although useful, will not fix the road safety problem. No action was reported about the pedestrian issue. The latter is responsible for almost 40 percent of fatal crashes. I doubt whether the traffic authorities really use data to plan their actions as 60 percent of all crashes occur over a weekend, i.e. from a Friday evening to Sunday night. These massive roadblocks look impressive, a show of force, but the value thereof is insignificant insofar as crash risks are concerned! They should re-focus their attention to the real issues. Try and get a traffic offcier to attend to a crash scene! No, when a crash is reported, they are nowhere to be seen. Why is this so? - Because this implies work and possible testimony in a court case. And lastly, crashes are so under-reported that the statistics cannot be correct. Add another 50 percent to the current tally!

      kfxnando - 2010-12-30 16:11

      Spot on!!! the moving violation is the main couse of the carnage, and roadblocks and speed traps do nothing to help!! besides filling the coffers via milking the mottorist!!

  • MarcusMagnus - 2010-12-30 06:52

    The sad thing about this is the article only refers to direct deaths on the roads if you take in to consideration the amount of people maimed and scared for life the figure is much higher some people have an accident and may only die days after the event this will not be included

  • BigD - 2010-12-30 07:00

    People speed with impunity. This is because they know that the camera speed traps can only be put at certain points as prescribed by DPP's. Certain people & organistations put these points up on internet and sms. This is a major contribution to speeding on our roads where no camera speed traps are allowed. Maybe the RTMC is the wrong vehicle to work with this problem. Maybe a whole new look at our problems on our roads are needed as the present system fails those killed or maimed in these horrific accidents. Yesterday I was travelling 120 on a highway and was the slowest vehicle on the road.

      unrealchris - 2010-12-30 07:57

      Thanks for reminding me, I need to update my GPS with the latest points again. And please, speed dont kill, I'll rather be in my extremely safe car driving at 180 than in a taxi of 20 plus years old, driving at 110!

      kfxnando - 2010-12-30 16:28

      also need to add that speed is an excuse for many things!! including job creation!! self feel safer on my bike at 200 then what a taxi is at 80km/h!! the moving violations!! overtacking on solid white lines is one big issue!!senario!! bike traveling a speedlimit 120km/h a slow taxi overtakes on a solid white line!! head on, biker and a few in taxi dead!! what difference does it make if the bike was traveling at 120 or 200km/h!! nothing!! however if the taxi had overtaken where is was allowed, all would of arived alive!! ironic!! ne!! another onetwo taxis have a head on with each other, bet you none of them was doing 200km/h!! however one of them has commited a moving violation!

  • unrealchris - 2010-12-30 07:51

    Ok, I know that there is much more cars travelling in KZN at this time of the year, but why oh why with their zero tollarance, do they have the highest dead toll, maybe something else that speeding thats causing it?

      kfxnando - 2010-12-30 16:33

      proof that the speed factor is WRONG!!! why are there so few accidents on the German highways where there is no speedlimits????

  • SuperCal - 2010-12-30 08:04

    i reckon that if you took all the cops off the road the toll will still be the same......they are still taking bribes and cause more damage than good.

      kutu - 2010-12-30 09:17

      you got a point there supercal

  • Maverick - 2010-12-30 12:05

    I travelled to Botswana on the 23rd of this month, apart from a total lack of presence of any Police all the way to Zeerust, the SAPS hadthe brilliant idea of causing a 5km queue with a road block just outside Zeerust. the ususal suspects (taxi's, skedonks, and arrogant drivers) decided to jump the queue by either going through the emergency lane, or overtaking in front of oncoming traffic. And guess what? The SAPS waved them all through. By the time I got to the road block, I had lost 1.5 hours, reason being that with all the space available on the road side, they were stopping cars IN THE ROAD. Bunch of useless brain dead idiots...

  • The Baas - 2010-12-30 12:58

    SOME LOGIC FOR THE POEPHOLS AT RTMC: Analyse the 1100 deaths - taxis, unroadworthy bussess, old unroadworthy cars, pedestrians accounts for 90% of 1100 - mmhhhhhh are we seeing the demographic here ? Take your cameras and your roadblock and pack them away - they do not work. You are as misguided and poorly manged as all your other brothers on the gravy train. FOCUS in the place and the deaths will come down.

      The Baas - 2010-12-30 13:17

      Too upset with these clows - left out "right" So, to end off properly: FOCUS in the right palce and the deaths will come down.

      kfxnando - 2010-12-30 16:36

      spot on!! me say focus on moving violations!!

  • mpusheng - 2010-12-30 13:56

    The powers that be need to focus at thae righ place. These statics and rodblocks are not helping and should not be the focal point. I say the condition of most of our roads is appalling, potholes(some are just rivers) are more dangerous to lives. Gravel roads are notorious as well, we drive on them our wheels get out of alignment then we get to the national roads(in a state of disrepair, completetly dotted by potholes), as we navigate, duck around them we loose control of our vehicles and sustan fatal crashes. Forget the roadbloks, i know for a fact that 99% of defaulters are bribing their way through.

  • Jaimo - 2010-12-30 14:10

    SCHITZOPHENIA With the death toll like it is, our Govt./Provincial legislation has opened LIQUOR outlets from 1st Jan. to 24/7 trading, including Sundays! With death on the roads, Domestic violence, Violence against woman and children, Crime, Rape and heart brake - mostly caused by liquor - this is a catastrophic decision and we need to object. HELL DRAWS CLOSER

      kfxnando - 2010-12-30 16:40

      you have a point!! however why should I that know when to drink and when not to, be denied the opertunity to buy a drink when it suits me?? however, in the good old days, when the LIQUOR hrs were limited, road carnage was less, or are there other factors in there!!

  • Theo - 2010-12-31 11:58

    All the efforts from the authorities side to stop the carnage is a farce. Passing through a road block on the 24th the vehicle in front of me is cleary totally overloaded and the rear tyres that I can see is long pass use by date - but yet the officer have a chat with the driver and let him continue. 20 km after the road block the same vehicle is parked next to the road with a blown rear tyre - who is fooling who. This is a veeeery sick country

  • Morph - 2011-01-01 09:33

    That is tragically high. NZ has had 8 deaths over the same period. Something needs to be done.

  • Ederik - 2011-01-03 10:11

    Can someone please supply the statistics of what percentage of the accidents were a taxi involved in?

      madmax007 - 2011-01-03 11:50

      ya, I'd love to see this statistic :) Jeremy Clarkson (top gear) once said: "if speed kills, then the Concorde would be the most dangerous mode of transport, yet it cannot be attributed to one death" Speed in itself does not kill, it has to be mixed with another element like stupidity, alcohol or ignorance. When I drove from JHB to CT, my time on the road was rather pleasant, until I negotiated the 'death stretch' from Beaufort West to Laingsberg. I had white knuckles from fear-induced concentration, dodging taxis with trailers overtaking on solid white lines. How many police road blocks are going to curtail this deathly scourge.....none.

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