Road Deaths Rising: AA

LazyLion

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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 spokesman 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 March 28 to April 1, up from the 217 lives lost in 2012 and 151 in 2011.

"Figures show 60 percent 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.


Source : Sapa /cj/hdw/clh/ks
Date : 11 Apr 2013 12:20
 

LazyLion

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Two things:

1) Too many unlicensed and poorly trained drivers on our roads (which leads to the second thing...)

2) Too many poorly trained and unqualified Traffic Officers on our roads (Or just a complete lack of visible policing and application of the laws).
 

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These raw numbers a pretty meaningless on their own. More people on the roads in 2012? Different road conditions? What are the locations of the deaths? Always concentrated in the same areas?

There isn't anything you can do about pedestrians. Frankly I have no sympathy for any adult too dumb to cross the road, which includes using a controlled pedestrian crossing if you lack basic human faculties like judging speed and distance, as long as they only get themselves killed.
 
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