AA sees no drop in deaths

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

THE Au­tom­bile As­so­ci­a­tion said the hol­i­day sea­son will again see as many deaths on the roads in South Africa as in pre­vi­ous years un­less long-doc­u­mented road safety man­age­ment strate­gies are put in place to en­sure safer road con­di­tions.

Th­ese in­clude, amongst oth­ers, bet­ter road man­age­ment plans, safer ve­hi­cles, and safer road users.

The AA said both driv­ers and gov­ern­ment need to fol­low the rules. “Not enough road users fol­low the rules. On a daily ba­sis we all see driv­ers whose tyres are in a poor con­di­tion, who use their cell­phones while driv­ing, who don’t buckle up or who don’t obey the speed limit, or in­deed any rules of the road.”

It is also crit­i­cal, the AA said, that proper sta­tis­tics on road fa­tal­i­ties and crashes be pro­vided across the coun­try as this will pro­vide a clear in­di­ca­tion of where in­ter­ven­tions are most needed.

“We are con­cerned that crashes and fa­tal­i­ties will re­main high un­less ur­gent ac­tion is taken,” the AA said.

— Wheels Re­porter.

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