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Do we have the correct death toll on South African roads for December 2009?

Accident PictureThere has been much discussion on the death toll on South African roads during the past December. The Department of Transport has indicated that there has been a reduction in road deaths since December 2008 – and this has raised alarm bells with other road safety observers.

The Arrive Alive website has received an email questioning the data provided and would like to share this with our vehicle owners:

“CONTRADICTORY FIGURES HIDE ROAD DEATH RISE”

December 2009 death toll up by 16 per cent

Rob Handfield-Jones, MD of driving skills company, driving.co.za, says that the Department of Transport’s claim that the December 2009 road death toll was lower than that of December 2008 is invalid and based on contradictory figures.

“The DoT is currently claiming the death toll for December 2008 to be 1348; it was actually 908,” he said. “The Department released the lower figure to the media on several occasions in early-2009. It is a matter of public record and was referred to by transport officials during 2009. The death toll of 1050 for December 2009 is thus not a reduction, but an increase of almost 16 per cent,” he said.

Vehicle passengers were the biggest single category of fatalities in December 2009, accounting for 40 per cent of the total. “Government’s continued failure to address bus safety is a key factor in this regard,” Handfield – Jones said. He added that December 2009 claimed 142 more lives than December 2008, despite around 285 000 notices for speeding being issued. ”Speed control has once again been shown to be ineffective at reducing road deaths,” he said.

He said the DoT’s latest pronouncements further undermined the credibility of South Africa’s road safety data. “We don’t have an official death toll for the year 2008 / 2009, and the authorities haven’t released an annual road safety stats bundle for almost two years,” he commented. “The last credible and comprehensive data was released in 1998. Even the NIMSS reports compiled by researchers from UNISA and the Medical Research Council refer to the official death toll as an ‘…uncertain subgroup of motor vehicle collisions…’.”

Handfield – Jones said the DoT could not continue to justify its failures by blaming the road user. “Across the world, people only drive as badly as their governments permit them to,” he said. He called for a moving violations-based enforcement regime and a new driving licence system, as well as a Professional Driving Permit which included a driving skills test. He described the existing system as producing poor drivers who routinely committed moving violations which could be fatal even at low speeds.

“The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport should urgently investigate how the DoT came to use contradictory data in road safety comparisons, and also whether this was an unintentional error, or a deliberate attempt to hide an increased death toll ahead of the Soccer World Cup,” he concluded.

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Whatever the exact number of fatalities might be, we can agree with the Department of Transport that every fatality is one TOO MANY!!

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Reasons why KZN has a Zero Tolerance approach to Road Safety

Every festive season we are reminded of the Zero Tolerance approach to road safety in KZN. The Road Traffic Inspectorate in KZN is known for strict law enforcement on the roads. This province have some of the most scenic, yet dangerous roads along mountain passes and remote rural areas.

But why do we need a zero tolerance approach to road safety? A visitor to the Arrive Alive website who lived in KZN for a long time decided to send us a few photos of accidents on the roads of KZN. These include a wide range of strange traffic accidents that have lead to both vehicle loss and vehicle damage!
We would like to share these images of vehicle accidents as a reminder to all our readers to be vigilant and alert at all times!

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Do you need to see the dangers of driver distraction?

Much attention has recently been given to the dangers of cellular phones and driver distraction. On the Arrive Alive website we have also given attention to this ever increasing threat to road safety by developing a section titled “Texting and Driver Distraction” On the Car insurance Blog we discussed this from a insurance viewpoint with a blog titled “Will car insurance cover texting and distracted driving?”

The theory and black-on-white information is helpful, but for some of us a picture is better than a thousand words. The Arrive Alive website received visuals of an accident in Europe caused by driver distraction.

The Honda crotch rocket rider was travelling at approximately 85 mph. The VW driver was talking on a cell phone when she pulled out from a side street, apparently not seeing the motorcycle. The riders reaction time was not sufficient enough to avoid this accident.

The car had two passengers and the bike rider was found INSIDE the car with them. The Volkswagen actually flipped over from the force of impact and landed 20 feet from where the collision took place.

All three involved (two in the car and the bike rider) were killed instantly. This graphic demonstration was placed at the Motorcycle Fair by the Police and Road Safety Department.
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We need to share this with all car drivers or soon to be new drivers, or new motorcycle owners AND ESPECIALLY EVERYONE YOU KNOW WHO HAS A CELL PHONE!!!!!

The message with this email is very clear:

“Wake up people, Stop talking on Cell phones and Texting while trying to drive. Put your Cell phone in the back seat !!!”