Lack of cohesion leads to highest road fatalities in years

10th January 2013:  

Last week saw the announcement that 1, 465 people died on South Africa’s roads over the 2012 festive season. According to The Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) these numbers are an indication of the lack of cohesive direction from the various government transport associations. 

While the AA is devastated by the high number of crashes and fatalities announced today the South African public are still not getting the full picture of the carnage on a month to month basis. Despite there being several strategies from the various transport bodies there is still no policy framework for road safety in evidence. 

“The Decade of Action was launched in 2011 and since then no real projects other than enforcement have been implemented. Real action to curb the road carnage is impossible when there is no cohesive strategy,” says The Automobile Association of South Africa (AA). 

With over 1,465 people dying on South Africa’s roads over the festive season there is clearly a need for organised and uniform action on the part of those responsible such as the Ministry, the Department of Transport and the Road Traffic Management Corporation. 

“The continuing division between these bodies is clearly doing more harm than good as the number of deaths on our roads has not decreased over the 2012 period,” continues the AA. “Planning is only as good as it’s implementation and that we have seen little of.” 

The AA will be engaging with government at a senior level to find a workable solution to the problems preventing road safety from working on South Africa’s roads.

Automobile Association of South Africa (AA)
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