Traffic accidents will become the fifth leading cause of fatalities worldwide by 2030, overtaking AIDS, tuberculosis, trachea, bronchus and lung cancers. However, already today traffic accidents kill more children aged 5 to 14 than malaria, tuberculosis and HIV combined.
South Africa previously experienced reduced road traffic fatalities, with the figures decreasing steadily from 15,419 in 2006 to 12,702 in 2014. Yet reductions in road deaths had not been at the rate required for the country to realistically meet the international goals, according to Mpho Mokhantso, head of South African Road Traffic Management Corporation.
Earlier in 2016, the South African transport minister Dipuo Peters announced 1,253 crashes and 1,755 deaths for the festive season, up by 11 percent on the previous period.
During the recent long weekend between April 28 and May 2, there were 179 car crashes, which left 237 people dead.
KNPO meet recently several parties within the truck- and automobile- industry, to highlight the situation. We have proposed several concrete action plans to increasing road safety, especially in developing countries.