Traffic expert slams 'pathetic' road stats, urges road users to be responsible

Traffic criminologist Dr. Lawrence Barrit says the latest festive season road fatality statistics are pathetic and unacceptable.

Barrit says reckless drivers and pedestrians are the main factors behind many avoidable deaths.

This comes after Transport Minister Dipuo Peters announced that a total of 1 714 fatalities were recorded over this festive period.

The minister says the overwhelming majority of fatal crashes were as a result of a single motor vehicle overturning and head on-collisions.

He says motorists should thank traffic enforcement for their commitment to visible policing. as the number may have been even higher without them.

According to Barrit, the fatality figures may still increase and should not be final until after 30 days.

Here is a summary of the road stats over the festive period:

  • 9000 arrests
  • 70% of road fatalities involved male drivers
  • weekend were the most deadly days
  • passenger deaths due to lack of seat-belt adherence
  • Limpopo province recorder the highest fatalities
  • 432 roadblocks were conducted throughout the country
  • 453 263 fines were issued
  • most deadly crashes took place between 8pm and 6am

Barrit offers some advice on how road users can be more responsible.

Take a listen to Dr. Lawrence Barrit's analysis:


Recommended

by THE NEWSROOM
Read More
[LISTEN] Rising cricket star Lungi Ngidi talks about taking 6 wickets on debut

[LISTEN] Rising cricket star Lungi Ngidi talks about taking 6 wickets on debut

Azania chats to young cricketer Lungi Ngidi about the cricket match between India and the Proteas and his accomplishments.

[LISTEN] Post Office replies to emails about opened and delayed parcels

[LISTEN] Post Office replies to emails about opened and delayed parcels

‘We sometimes find parcels coming into the country with items that are not allowed in the country.' - Mark van Rensburg

[LISTEN] Property Masterclass: Buying vs Renting"

[LISTEN] Property Masterclass: Buying vs Renting"

‘Banks are realising that the barrier to entry is becoming a bit of a problem & causing congestion in the rental space.’ - TT Mbha

[LISTEN] The importance of a digital detox and tips on how to do it

[LISTEN] The importance of a digital detox and tips on how to do it

MD of Black Box Yavi Madurai explains why you need a break from addictive technology.

[LISTEN] Will the Steering wheel disappear in the future ?

[LISTEN] Will the Steering wheel disappear in the future ?

Nicol Louw, Technical Editor at CAR Magazine explains autonomous technology in cars and how it works.

Ministry to conduct motor licencing audit after 5% road death increase

Ministry to conduct motor licencing audit after 5% road death increase

According to Transport Minister Dipuo Peters, a total of 1714 people died on South Africa's roads during the festive period.

Popular articles
Bergvliet High School implements water saving measures

Bergvliet High School implements water saving measures

The school has started implementing its short-terms goals, tabled with the help of parents, staff and learners.

No returns, no refunds school uniform shop to be taken to task

No returns, no refunds school uniform shop to be taken to task

Parents are concerned about Felix Sports no returns, no refunds and no exchanges policy.

This is how much you should be paying your domestic worker

This is how much you should be paying your domestic worker

Stephen Rathai, director of employment standards at the Department of Labour talks on the new national minimum wage.

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Bruce Whitfield interviews La Grange about her and Madiba's attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.)

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.