Driver at­ti­tude our big­gest prob­lem

The Citizen (KZN) - - LETTERS -

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

Tom Lambe,

We pub­lish let­ters that come with full name, ad­dress and tele­phone num­ber even if you want to use a pseu­do­nym. let­ters@cit­i­zen., fax 010-492-5386 or PO Box 43069 In­dus­tria 2042

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