DA to minister: 'Road-safety strategy insane'

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<B>ROAD DEATHS APPALLING:</B> National transport minister Dupio Peters needs to take action to curb SA's horror road death toll, writes DA shadow minister of transport, Manny de Freitas. <i>Image: AFP/ Carl De Souza</i>
<B>ROAD DEATHS APPALLING:</B> National transport minister Dupio Peters needs to take action to curb SA's horror road death toll, writes DA shadow minister of transport, Manny de Freitas. <i>Image: AFP/ Carl De Souza</i>

Dear minister Peters,

South Africa is rated the worst, out of 36 other countries, when it comes to the number of road fatalities. South Africa's road fatalities per 100 000 inhabitants was 27.6 deaths in 2011 according to The International Transport Forum's (ITF) Road Safety Annual Report and international report for 2013.

This is a mortality rate of 28 per 100 000 citizens dying as a result of road fatalities. In 2014, South Africa was ranked 177th out of 182 countries studied for road fatalities. These fatalities result in a huge socio-economic cost, estimated at R306-billion per annum.

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