Driver attitude our biggest problem
Ido not like to argue with other letter-writers, but I must take issue with Richard Benson with regard to his letter on road carnage. A quick investigation shows the following latest reported figures: South Africa has 12 million registered light vehicles, a speed limit of 120km/h and a reported 14 071 annual road deaths. In Germany, there are 45 million registered light vehicles, no restriction on speed and 3 214 deaths. In the United Kingdom and Australia, they have lesser speed limits and 1 792 and 1 209 reported annual road deaths respectively.
It appears that the accident rate in South Africa is somewhat more to do with driver attitude and the state of repair of their vehicles than speed limits or policing. Just looking at the forego- ing figures we can see that Germany has almost four times the number of vehicles but less than 25% of the road deaths of South Africa – and with no speed restriction
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on the autobahns! Traffic officers will never be able to cure badly trained drivers or correct stupidity! Oakdene
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