SA road deaths on the rise

2013-04-11 14:22
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241 Easter road deaths estimated

2013-04-09 09:19

Preliminary figures show that 241 people died on South African roads from a total of 201 recorded fatal car accidents during the Easter weekend. Watch.WATCH

Johannesburg - Little has been done to reduce road deaths in South Africa, the Automobile Association (AA) said on Thursday.

"While South Africa is a signatory of the United Nations Resolution on the Decade of Action, it is clear that little has been done to create change or prevent road deaths during the busiest times of the year," AA spokesperson Gary Ronald said.

The number of road deaths over Easter had been increasing since 2011.

"Despite the claim that the number of crashes on major routes declined, the number of deaths... has increased year-on-year since 2011," said Ronald.

The AA said 241 people were killed on the roads over the 2013 Easter holiday, from 28 March to 1 April, up from the 217 lives lost in 2012 and 151 in 2011.

"Figures show 60% of those killed are pedestrians," Roland said.

"The UN Decade of Action was launched two years ago, and yet we are still waiting for the South Africa strategy to be formulated and introduced to the public. The question is why it takes so long to get the strategy in place" he said.

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