SA road carnage figures just too high
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
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HORRIFIC: Transport Minister Dipuo Peters, centre, and, other government officials look at one of the taxis involved in an accident in the province.