560 killed on SA roads

I can’t believe that in one month so many people have died on our roads, how many more deaths should there be before our people realise the importance of the lives they carrying as well as of those they passing.

I cannot believe that someone would drive a track 17 times more than the limit, isn’t this making a morckery of our laws, I mean how can 2 million people drive drunk (http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2238855,00.html) on our roads which are not on world’s standards…eish (read the story below).

 Johannesburg – More than 560 people have died on South African roads since the beginning of December, the national Department of Transport said on Tuesday.

“Figures provided by the SAPS to the national fatal accident information centre indicate that 564 lives have been lost as a result of 471 reported crashes with an additional 71 crashes still being followed up,” said spokesperson Collen Msibi.

At least 119 people were killed in accidents in Gauteng, 86 in KwaZulu-Natal, 58 in the Western Cape, 70 in the Eastern Cape, 52 in the Free State, 74 in Mpumalanga, 47 in the North West, 51 in Limpopo and seven in the Northern Cape.

Msibi said statistics for the same period last year indicated a total of 844 deaths – 280 more than this year.

Msibi also urged motorists to drive carefully.

“Drivers should drive slowly, allowing for sufficient space and time to stop the vehicle in case of an emergency,” he said.

He said drivers should always drive with their headlights on in poor visibility and should ensure that their wiper blades and lights were working at all times.

“Drive cautiously and budget for delays. Never put yourself under pressure as that in many instances leads to unsafe overtaking on barrier lines,” he said.



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