South Africa's Road Death Statistics Are Appalling - Here's a Way to Bring Them Down

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The annual cost to the economy of road accidents on South African roads is estimated to be in excess of R164-billion. Clearly there is a major road safety problem, and it needs to be addressed.

One of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals is to halve road traffic deaths by 2020. However, in South Africa, road deaths over the last three years have seen an upward trend. The increase in the death toll in December 2018 alone was 5% compared to the same period in 2017.

A 2018 report released by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the "Global Status Report on Road Safety", cites road deaths as the leading cause of death among people aged between 5 and 29 years, and the eighth leading cause of death in the world. In the same report, South Africa is ranked number 159 of the 175 countries surveyed. South Africa's December road death toll is more than that of most countries annually. South Africa's road death toll expressed as a number per 100,000 inhabitants, is higher than the world and Africa's averages.

The annual cost to the economy of road accidents on South African roads is estimated to be in excess of...

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