Drunk driv­ing

Financial Mail - - FOX - Raz­ina Mun­shi

SA’s ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent rate is bring­ing no­to­ri­ety to the coun­try. It is one of the most danger­ous coun­tries for road ac­ci­dents, based on its rate of 25.1 deaths per 100,000 peo­ple ev­ery year, ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion’s (WHO) global sta­tus re­port on road safety for 2015.

But this gets worse. Six out of ev­ery 10 fa­tal­i­ties on SA’s roads are caused by in­tox­i­cated driv­ers, mak­ing SA the worst na­tion out of 95 coun­tries that pro­vide the data. One third of the fa­tal­i­ties are pedes­tri­ans.

The WHO es­ti­mates that 7.8% of SA’s GDP is lost due to crashes on the roads.

Canada’s rate has fallen by 43% since 2000 but, at 34%, the rate of deaths from ac­ci­dents caused by ex­ces­sive al­co­hol con­sump­tion — for a de­vel­oped na­tion — re­mains high. The US also has a high rate of fa­tal­i­ties, though al­co­hol is re­spon­si­ble for 31%.

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