number of deaths in the last decade. crease their risk of accidents. We find a lot of people text messaging, on the phone, looking down or listening to music on their iPods,” Jonck said.
Richard Benson of the Road Safety Action Campaign (RSAC) said more traffic officers were needed to police the roads.
“We only have 20 000 traffic officers who have to do three shifts a day. This includes weekends, public holidays as well as court sometimes. “This also affects the shortage and you find only 3 000 traffic police on the road.”
Benson said offences policed in other countries like jaywalking had become the norm and local authorities with other priorities in mind, had simply “given up”.
“Take a walk down any street in any South African city and try to count how often people walk across the road wher