SA road car­nage fig­ures just too high

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - JM Bou­vier

IWAS shocked, dis­heart­ened and sad­dened by our road fa­tal­ity fig­ures dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son.

But I was hurt even more when I heard Trans­port Min­is­ter Dipuo Peters say­ing al­though there was an in­crease of 5 per­cent from last year over­all, and in KwaZu­luNatal and Free State there was an in­crease of 18per­cent and 17per­cent, she was happy with the re­sults of vis­i­ble polic­ing and that more than 9000 mo­torists were ar­rested for driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.

Big deal, when in just over a month 1 714 peo­ple died and a few thou­sands ended up in hos­pi­tal, some of them crit­i­cal. This fig­ure will in­crease and many of the victims will never be fully func­tional for the rest of their lives .

Now com­pare our fig­ures with the fol­low­ing:

On the web­site of the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress, the Chi­nese par­lia­ment an­nounced the Chi­nese road fa­tal­i­ties last year were 58000 in just over 180 000 traf­fic ac­ci­dents, adding that poor en­force­ment of traf­fic laws still posed a threat to road safety in that coun­try.

Stat­ing that deaths on the Chi­nese roads had dropped from more than 107 000 in 2004 to the current 58000 was un­ac­cept­able.

Considering that the pop­u­la­tion of China is nearly 1.4 bil­lion and ours only 55 mil­lion, if we do the maths, we were sup­posed to have un­der 3 000 deaths for the whole year if we com­pare the pop­u­la­tions and not these shock­ing and un­ac­cept­able fig­ures.

Small won­der that with this at­ti­tude we are go­ing down the tubes, with in­creased fa­tal­i­ties. In­stead of re­duc­ing them, peo­ple in au­thor­ity con­grat­u­late them­selves over these hor­ren­dous fig­ures that in­crease yearly and put a tremen­dous fi­nan­cial bur­den on the state and af­fected fam­i­lies and all the so­cial ills that come with them and the neg­a­tive ef­fect to the whole coun­try.

Un­for­tu­nately, with a gov­ern­ment that does not gov­ern or ap­ply the laws that it en­acted, we end up with deaths and in­juries that af­fect our coun­try neg­a­tively. Bryanston


HOR­RIFIC: Trans­port Min­is­ter Dipuo Peters, cen­tre, and, other gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials look at one of the taxis in­volved in an ac­ci­dent in the prov­ince.

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