'42 die on SA roads every day'

Mary Papayya

Mary Papayya

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) says 15 300 people die on South African roads every year.

This translates to 42 people per day. Fakazi Malindzisa, RTMC deputy manager, says on average 1 person is killed on our roads every 2 hours. He cautions that unless drastic measures are taken to counter the trend the figures are likely to increase.

In September, more than 600 people died on the country's roads. The highest number of deaths were recorded in Gauteng (273), with KwaZulu-Natal having 218 and the Western Cape recording the third highest deaths - about 140.

Road traffic injuries are the second leading cause of death for young people aged 5 to 25 years."

He said according to figures by the World Health Organisation and the UN the global road traffic crashes cost an estimated $518 billion annually.

In South Africa, the major causes of road deaths are speeding, pedestrians jay-walking, driving under the influence, non-wearing of seat-belts and unroadworthy vehicles as well as reckless and negligent driving behaviour.