Half of W Cape road deaths pedestrians

2012-09-06 12:42

Cape Town - Almost half the number of people killed in Western Cape road accidents last year were pedestrians, transport MEC Robin Carlisle said on Thursday.

"A huge aspect of the problem is that pedestrians who are killed on the road are from poorer communities, where education levels are lower, and where access to transport is limited."

He was speaking at the launch of the latest Crash Witness videos. The videos are taken from closed circuit television camera footage of fatal road accidents to show the effects of dangerous behaviour on the roads.

Carlisle said there had been an overall decrease in the number of road deaths in the province, with 1 567 people killed in 2009, 1 476 in 2010 and 1 321 last year.

However, the proportion of pedestrians killed had increased from 41% in 2009 to 49% last year.

'Horrific results'

"What this means is that we are reaching drivers and their passengers, and seeing a change in behaviour, but we are not reaching pedestrians," Carlisle said.

To reverse the trend, pedestrians needed to know that it was extremely dangerous and illegal to walk on or cross highways. Walking on roads while intoxicated could also have deadly results.

Where there were no pedestrian bridges over highways and major roads, people should contact their local councillor or the ministry of roads and transport.

"Parents need to ensure their children are not using major roads on foot unsupervised. You will see the horrific results today," Carlisle said.

The Crash Witness videos are available on The videos are not suitable for sensitive viewers or those under the age of 18.

- Wheels24: Western Cape crash videos 2012

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-09-06 12:50


      TheRealWarrenB - 2012-09-06 13:07

      They should reduce the walking speed limit for padestrians by 10km/h across the Western Cape too!

      TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-09-06 13:46

      LOL Warren xD

      greg.young.39395 - 2012-09-06 14:42

      Science, people should know about when it comes to mass, speed and momentum, the human body will always come second to a vehicle. Start teaching it at primary school.

      ebon.geist - 2012-09-06 16:48

      Alicia, although I absolutely agree that drunkenness among pedestrians is indeed a significant factor, I am pretty certain that a general level of ignorance is far more significant. This problem can absolutely be reduced by a significant margin by making people in the poorer communities more "road literate", ie by educating them and teaching them the rules of the road and how to behave in order to avoid getting hit by vehicles. To most of us reading on news24, with a decent education, having grown up in a home with parents who understand these issues and passed their "good" habits on, having ourselves obtained drivers licences and much more experience of driving vehicles, most pedestrian safety is obvious. To the average township dweller, these things are not obvious. No one has ever demonstrated how they should behave on the roads as pedestrians, their parents likely never had a clue, and only taught them the wrong behaviour. Many of them don't know how to drive or what the rules of the road are. This is why these people are a massive danger to themselves and to motorists (but obviously mostly to themselves). It's funny this statement coming from Carlisle just days after his suggestion to reduce speed limits. It's pretty clear that if nearly 50% of road fatalities are due to pedestrian incompetence, where the effort should be focused...

  • mark.higgens.9 - 2012-09-06 12:50

    are they going to ask them to walk slower?

      jpstrauss - 2012-09-06 13:11


  • Boy - 2012-09-06 12:57

    There is absolutely NO enforcement of any jaywalking laws in RSA, if they even exist. Driving through CT CBD one has to watch for pedestrians so carefully, as they do not use the many pedestrian crossing that exist, nor do they follow the instructions of the pedestrian lights. How to lower the road deaths in RSA? Start with the single highest cause, which is jaywalking.

      Klaus - 2012-09-06 15:25

      it would be interesting to find out, but i am sure same law still applies, no pedestrians on highway, in the 90's especially for hitchhiking Soldiers, drivers were fined up to R 500.00 for stopping & offering lifts on highways.

  • bob.bobwinsky - 2012-09-06 13:02

    Alcohol and pedestrians should be monitored too. There is nowhere else in the country that you see so many drunk people walking next to and in the road as the Western Cape

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2012-09-06 13:03

    Teach pedestrians that roads are for motor vehicles, not for walking along. Especially not at night, drunk, wearing dark clothing. That's why there are "Rules of the Road" - perhaps school children and adults need to learn them too?

  • inus.basson - 2012-09-06 13:04

    Ask them to cross the roads 10km/h slower.

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-09-06 13:05

    Why do the conscientious road users have to pay? Build pedestrian Bridges and walkways!!!!

      jacqueline.engelbrecht.54 - 2012-09-06 13:41

      They've done that already but people do not use them! They decide to take a short cut across the N1 at midnight!

  • brandon.mercer3 - 2012-09-06 13:07

    Would be interesting to see what percentage of those pedestrians where hit by private vehicles as opposed to transport vehicles(Taxis/Busses)

  • richard.t.holman - 2012-09-06 13:08

    How about trying a road awareness and education campaign for the uneducated, and start it in schools encourage kids to go home and teach their peers and family. I sent and email to arrive alive stating my concerns last year... they said thank you but don't think anything was done about it.

  • jpstrauss - 2012-09-06 13:11

    Maybe if they made running across the N1 and N2 illegal...

      malcolm.macleod.562 - 2012-09-06 13:15

      It is illegal. Maybe if they tried actually enforcing the existing rules instead of trying to come up with (and doing a bad job at that) new ones all the time.

      jpstrauss - 2012-09-06 14:01

      I was being sarcastic.

  • Richard - 2012-09-06 13:14

    Tell the traffic cops to do their work and keep pedestrians off national roads. There is not a day goes by when someone is killed on the N1, N2, R300 and the M5. Traffic cops and SAPS drive past people crossing or walking next to these roads when it is an offence to be within 50 meters of the medium. Get the pedestrians off the main roads, (drunk's included) build more bridges for them and apply propper policing. Dropping the speed limit won't help, you cant force a pedestrian to go 10Km/H slower!!!

  • willem.vanrensburg.35 - 2012-09-06 13:16

    Should the minister not look at the speed pedestrians are traveling at. His logic is that they must be going to fast, cut the speed. It just shows you how wrong the minister is with what every he tried to do. You see that is why speed is so important, it is easy to police, a fat cop can sit and eat while holding a camera, and collect thousands, which keeping the pedestrians on the pavement will never be that lucrative.

  • rafiq.phillips - 2012-09-06 13:18

    Education is key and one of the solutions may be this

  • sarel.brits - 2012-09-06 13:28

    Papsak!!!!! my ma se kinners!!!!!! Papsak en Pad Stap werkie saam nie.

  • petrivoges - 2012-09-06 13:39

    Take the high road

  • jobertokotze - 2012-09-06 13:53

    I nearly killed a guy yesterday walking on the N1 as if he owns it... This was after I saw yesterdays thread and videos of people getting killed on the N1. I was rattled.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-09-06 13:58

    So because of pedestrians you can not control punish the drivers. Carlisle it is time you come down to earth.

      syd.harling - 2012-09-06 14:13

      Damn right HermannH. You have got it right. Carlisle and all the other "so-called" experts have blinkers on and can only see speed as a problem. Yes, in certain places it is a problem but not the only one. If they were serious about getting people to obey speed limits as opposed to just using them to rake in money then they might like to use the system many towns in the UK have. The 1st speed camera brings up your speed on a screen and gives you a smiley face if you are below the limit or a frown (in red) if you are over it. The next camera will fine you if you didn't slow down.

  • matthys.debeer.5 - 2012-09-06 14:18

    So mr Carlisle, what do you think will prevent the death of pedestrians? Dropping the speed limit or getting the pedestrians off the national roads?

  • jpstrauss - 2012-09-06 16:45

    I love how the problem is with the pedestrians, but the solution is to punish the motorists.

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