11 April 2013: Despite general optimism, the announcement earlier this week of the preliminary road death statistics show that there has, in fact, been an increase in the number of those killed over the Easter weekend. Over the period 28 March to 1 April 2013, 241 people died on South Africa’s roads. The figure of 241 is up from the 217 lives lost in 2012 and 151 in 2011. 60 percent of those killed are pedestrians.
Despite the claim that the number of crashes on major routes declined, the number of deaths as a result has increased year on year since 2011.
"While South Africa is a signatory of the United Nations Resolution on the Decade of Action, which aims to reduce road crashes by 50 percent over the next ten years, it is clear that little has been done to create change or prevent road deaths during the busiest times of the year," says Gary Ronald, Head of Public Affairs at The Automobile Association of South Africa (AA).
“The UN Decade of Action was launched two years ago, and yet we are still waiting for the South Africa strategy to be formulated and introduced to the public. The question is why it takes so long to get the strategy in place?” concludes Ronald.
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