Majority of road accidents caused by young men - RTMC report


New statistics released by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has revealed that over 4 500 people died on South African roads during the 2014 / 2015 financial year.

Speaking at the release of the corporation’s annual report in Johannesburg on Friday, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said around 80% of fatalities involved men aged 19-34 with drink driving continuing to be one of the biggest contributing factors.

“New inexperienced drivers between the ages of 25 and 34 years of age were most likely to die on the roads. It's important that we give stiffer penalties, in particular, so that people can actually see and behave on the roads,” Peters was quoted by Eyewitness News as saying.

The stats also showed that most of the accidents took place over a weekend with the majority taking place in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape.