Reckless Youth Drivers FeaturedWritten by Callyn Marks
HALF of South African youth between the ages of 20 and 39 are involved in road crashes by factors that can be avoided.
Last year 6047 young people were involved in fatal car accidents; 1790 of those who died were drivers and more than 2090 were passengers.
Advocate Johan Jonck, founder of SA's Arrive Alive campaign said human factors are indicated as the biggest contributor to road crashes and fatalities among our younger male road users.
"The human factors that lead to crashes and deaths are distracted drivers, failure to wear seat belts, high speed, overtaking in the face of oncoming traffic, drunk driving or driving while on drugs, and driver fatigue," he said.
He added that the same platforms that can cause distractions can be used effectively to share safety information with road users for informed decision making and create awareness on responsible driving.
Trucks are among the causes contributing significantly to road fatalities on South African roads.
The statistics show Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal have the highest percentage of road deaths in the country, each contributing just under 20% to the national total.
In Gauteng 2700 people died on the roads, while 2715 died in KwaZulu-Natal.
Pedestrians remain the most vulnerable of all road users; 5410 of the 14071 deaths were pedestrians or 38% of the total number.
The Road Traffic Management Corporation Spokesperson Simon Zwane said people should take more responsibility on the roads as 80% of the accidents are human factors which can be avoided.
"This kind of conduct places the lives of many innocent road users at risk and we call on the truck owners to take strong action to discourage this conduct,"he said.
Zwane added truck owners are reminded that they have a responsibility to ensure that their vehicles are driven by fit and proper drivers who will not place the lives of other road users at risk.
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