An estimated 1.25 million people died from road injuries in 2015 and 20-50 million people sustained serious injuries that are non-fatal from road traffic incidents.
These are stats according to the latest WHO report.
WHO has stated the following, “Over 90% of road traffic deaths occur in low-middle income countries, which account for 82% of the world’s population, but only 54% of the world’s registered vehicles”.
The 9th biggest cause of deaths in the world is road injuries/crashes and if you didn’t think it could get any worse the biggest age group driving this is 15-29-year-olds. The biggest age group of road accident deaths are among people of the age 15-44 years.
When looking at road death rates in the world South Africa comes in at the 42nd highest country. The most dangerous roads in Africa are in Malawi with 35 deaths per 100 0000 people. Get an online and instant quick quote comparison comparing over 9 car insurance providers in South Africa for free:
A frightening Global report was issued by WHO stating that South Africa has the most deaths associated with drinking and driving. Your blood alcohol limit may not be more than 0.05% and can stay in your system for up to 8 hours.
It was noted that Johannesburg has some of the most dangerous roads in the world and ranked as the 13th most likely road to die on. I would like to put this into perspective for you, Johannesburg’s roads are about 5 times more dangerous than the roads in New York. YES! 5 times more dangerous.
According to Arrive Alive, one of the leading causes of death on the roads in Johannesburg is due to drivers who refuse to wear their seatbelts.
Driver demerit system
According to the proposed demerit system, drunk driving and speeding have the highest penalties. You can get 6 demerits for drunk driving, and for your license to be suspended it takes only 13 or more points.
The whole aim behind the proposed demerit system isn’t to give drivers more fines or replace them but to take irresponsible drivers off of the road… that’s if we don’t have a bribery issue.