Having attended 3 separate events on road safety in the last 3 weeks the one thing that has become apparent is the lack of real world statistics and data for South Africa with regard to fatalities on our roads and, more importantly the contributing factors. While some may think it not possible, there is, in other parts of the world both the will and the capacity to make it happen. The question is – what prevents us?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) made available the following data with the observation that more was needed in order to remedy the situation.
Newly released 2014 crash data show:
The 2015 fatality estimate is up 8.1 percent from the same period in 2014, NHTSA said, and the fatality rate rose by 4.4 percent.
Of course not having accurate data / statistics should not be a reason for not actively promoting safe driving behaviour – particularly during the “silly season” – but in fact give drivers the added incentive to not be one of the ( almost inevitable) victims of bad driving!
Till next time – Remember, Driving is a privilege and responsibility, not a right!
Group Managing Director