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Sat Aug 23 19:21:07 SAST 2014

'Road users have failed SA, not our plan': RTMC

Sapa | 02 January, 2013 17:40
"People must learn to behave because only 80 percent of motorists are complying, others are aggressive and hostile."
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Road users have failed South Africa, not the plan to halve the festive season death toll by 2015, the Road Traffic Management Corporation said on Wednesday.

"In general the plan is working... If anyone failed, it's the road users that failed," spokesman Ashref Ismail said.

"People must learn to behave because only 80 percent of motorists are complying, others are aggressive and hostile."

"It is too early to say if the plan is working or not. Let the campaign run its course. We will come up with the necessary comparisons after the campaign."

He was responding to a report in The Star on Wednesday that the road traffic safety management plan was failing.

The newspaper reported that during the December 2006/January 2007 festive period the death toll was 1261.

In 2008, the transport department announced a plan to halve this figure by 2015.

On Monday, the RTMC announced that the 1207 people were killed in 1006 accidents since the beginning of December.

"Our plans are working, but it's not acceptable that between 38 and 50 people die on the roads daily and during the festive season it is only 42 people a day. This must be dealt with and South Africans will have to pull together."

On the first day of 2013, 18 people died and 17 were injured in various accidents across the country, according to a tally of accidents in Sapa reports.

Four people were killed and three others injured when a delivery van collided with a cyclist in Krugersdorp, on the West Rand.

Five people were killed and three others seriously injured in a drag racing crash in Kagiso on the West Rand.

Four people died in two accidents on Voortrekker Road in Kensington, Cape Town.

In Pietermaritzburg, two people died and three others were injured in a head-on collision.

Three people were killed and two others injured on the M13, Johannesburg, when their bakkie overturned.

A 28-year-old woman was critically injured when a car overturned on the N2 between Shaka's Rock and Ballito.

In the Eastern Cape, four people in an ambulance, including two paramedics, were injured when they crashed while transporting a patient.

A five-year-old child suffered serious injuries when the car she was in collided head-on with another car near the Grasmere toll plaza.

Ismail said he could not comment on the exact number of people killed on the roads on January 1.

He added that over 2000 people were arrested during the festive season. After they appeared in court some would have to re-take both their driver's and learner's licences.

The transport department was not immediately available for comment.

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