Heightening festive season road deaths a big worry - AA


The Automobile Association (AA) has expressed concern over the increase in road fatalities during the festive season, describing it as “an alarming problem that needs urgent attention”.

Speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria on Tuesday, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said a total of 1 755 people lost their lives on the country’s roads between December first 2015 and January 11th.

This equates to a 14% rise over to the same period last year with KwaZulu-Natal recording the highest number of casualties at 302, followed by the Eastern Cape (278), Gauteng (271) and Limpopo (208). The findings are revealed that deaths increased the most in the Western Cape (33%) with North West recording the second highest (28%) ahead of the Eastern Cape (22%) and Free State (20%).

In a statement, the association said it expects the final figure to touch almost 2 000 if something drastic is not done soon.

“Many causes such as drunk driving, speeding, driving without seatbelts and risky overtaking, have been forwarded as reasons for the fatalities, but all of these, essentially, point to poor driver attitudes,” the statement read.

“If drivers don’t take responsibility for their actions, and carry on making decisions that they know to be wrong for their own sake, these figures will simply not improve”.

It also stated that the report must receive urgent attention from government and non-government groups with the aim of creating awareness about road safety as “many initiatives have failed to launch” due to inadequate support. 


IMAGE sourced from roadsafety.co.za