World remembers victims of road accidents

WORLD Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was observed by churches and religious organisations yesterday.

KwaZulu-Natal has been recording fatal road accidents daily and experts say reckless driving, driving under the influence and speed are the main contributing factors.

In Durban the St Joseph's Catholic Church held a special service in Morningside to remember the victims of road accidents.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele, pictured, called on all South Africans to take more responsibility for their safety on the roads.

He said Africa has the most dangerous roads in the world.

"Unless we do something drastic about road crashes, by 2020 more people will die as a result of road crashes than those who die from HIV-Aids and malaria combined."

Around the world, some 3400 men, women and children are killed every day on the roads. About 1,3million people die each year on the world's roads and between 20 and 50million sustain non-fatal injuries. The latest global status report on road safety in 178 countries shows that road traffic injuries remain a public health problem, particularly for low-income and middle-income countries.