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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

Deaths for chil­dren up to four years old in­creased from 2,6% in 2017 to 7,5% in 2018.

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