2016 road death toll stark warning to motorists - AA

09 June 2017 | From Arrive Alive

The annual road fatality statistics for 2016, published recently by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), are cause for great concern and point to an urgent need for combined interventions from everyone involved in road safety in South Africa to curb the rising numbers. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA) which was commenting on data contained in the RTMC’s Road Traffic Report Calendar for the period 1 January to 31 December 2016.

According to the figures, 14071 people died on South African roads last year, a nine percent increase on the 2015 figure of 12944. More than 1120 more people died on the roads in 2016 than in 2015. This is the highest annual road death toll since 2007 when 14920 people died on South African roads. In 2006, 15419 people died on the country’s roads.

Fatalities contribution per Road User Group 2007 - 2016






Cyclists 3

Unknown 3












































2010 2














2008 1
















Human factors are indicated as the biggest contributor to road crashes and fatalities, accounting for 77.5 percent of contributing factors. Vehicle factors (6%), and road and environmental factors (16.5%), make up the balance of contributing factors.

Among the human factors that lead to crashes, and deaths, are jaywalking pedestrians (38.8%), hit and run crashes (18.5%), high speed (14.1%), overtaking in the face of oncoming traffic (6.9%), drunk driving or driving while on drugs (3.6%), and driver fatigue (2.2%).

“These figures are alarming, and should worry every motorist in the country. These numbers seem to indicate that awareness campaigns and education initiatives are not working well enough, driver attitudes are getting worse, and that law enforcement is not making the impact it should. We are deeply concerned about these fatalities, more so because they show an increase, and call for urgent action from all role-players involved in road safety to reverse this,” the AA said.

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. The Northern Cape (409 deaths), the Free State (992 deaths), and North West (1084 deaths) had the lowest death rates contributing 2.9%, 7%, and 7.7% the national total respectively.

Pedestrians remain the most vulnerable of all road users; 5410 of the 14071 deaths were pedestrians or 38% of the total number.

The Association noted that while the government plays a pivotal role in addressing the carnage on the country’s roads, motorists and pedestrians seem not to be heeding the call to drive and walk safer, and should see these numbers as a stark warning.

“Too often motorists are driving recklessly or not obeying the rules of the road. Similarly, pedestrians are not protecting themselves by being more visible to cars, or are taking chances crossing over roads where they shouldn’t. More effort is needed by both groups of road users, and more effort is needed by organisations involved in road safety to make safety a priority,” the AA said.

The AA said a wider approach to road safety education is needed in schools, teaching children from a young age to be better road users. In addition, law enforcement initiatives should be supported in the courts with traffic offenders being given the harshest possible penalties.

“Unfortunately there is a perception among road users that traffic offences aren’t serious and aren’t effectively dealt with in court. Through a more consistent handling of traffic offences in court, this perception will change, and hopefully, errant drivers will realise they are not above the law,” the Association noted. It said recent moves by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department to employ more police officers, thus putting more officials on the road, were welcome and needed to be expanded across the country.

In addition, the AA said, organisations and agencies involved in road safety initiatives, be they private or public, need to foster a closer working relationship to make the messaging about road safety more uniform.

“There is ample evidence to suggest a more coherent approach to road safety is needed in South Africa, and we call for immediate and urgent intervention from everyone involved to make this happen. Taking drivers with illegal licenses off the road, and curbing the number of un-roadworthy vehicles in South Africa is a good first step,” the AA concluded.

Graph 1 – Fatalities 2007 - 2016


Graph 2 – Road User Group fatalities % breakdown 2016



Graph 3 – South African Road fatalities numbers 2016

Graph 4 – Provincial Road Fatalities % contribution 2016


Graph 5 – Provincial Road Fatalities numbers 2016


Share This Page

Tell a friend icon Tell a Friend | Fax machine icon Print this Page

News Articles

22 Feb 2018 | From Arrive Alive
Ten people were left injured this afternoon following a collision between two taxis on the R28 between Westonaria and Poortjie, west of Johannesburg. ER24 paramedics, along with other services, arrived on the scene to find the two taxis in the left-hand lane of the road. The passengers had already climbed
22 Feb 2018 | From Arrive Alive
Eight people were left injured this morning when a taxi crashed into the side of a truck and trailer at the Royal and Van Wyk Road intersection in Maitlands in the Western Cape. ER24 paramedics, along with Metro and Life Healthcare, arrived on the scene to find the taxi and truck in the middle of the
22 Feb 2018 | Road Safety Highlights
Leonard Spark (62) and Ayanda April (35) have been sentenced to 6 years imprisonment after being convicted of fraud and corruption by the Bellville Regional Court. Spark and April were arrested after the Hawks Serious Corruption unit uncovered major fraud concerning roadworthy certifications of Western
22 Feb 2018 | Department of Transport
Gauteng – Long distance travelers will now be able to travel between Johannesburg and Musina using the long-distance passenger rail service of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). PRASA’s Main Line Passenger Services has re-introduced the passenger train service due to popular
22 Feb 2018 | From Arrive Alive
Two people have been injured after the vehicle they were in overturned coming to rest on its roof in Rodger Sishi Road in Westville this morning. Rescue Care Paramedics arrived on the scene just before 9 am to find the vehicle on its roof. Two occupants had sustained moderate injuries and were
22 Feb 2018 | From Arrive Alive
Ten school children have been injured after a Taxi and a car collided on Second Avenue near Pine Street in Ashley Pinetown this morning. Rescue Care Paramedics arrived on the scene before 7 am to find the two vehicles had collided before the taxi left the roadway down an embankment. A total of
22 Feb 2018 | From Arrive Alive
At approximately 06H50 on Thursday 22 February 2018, Netcare 911 responded to reports of a collision at the intersection of Solomon Mahlangu Drive and Delmas Road in Erasmuskloof, Pretoria. Reports from the scene indicate that a motorcycle and a car were involved in the crash. Paramedics from Netcare
22 Feb 2018 | From Arrive Alive
At approximately 07H20 on Thursday 22 February 2018, Netcare 911 responded to reports of a minibus taxi crash on Pretorius Street at the intersection of Eastwood Street in Arcadia, Pretoria. Reports from the scene indicate that the minibus taxi collided into a pole resulting in an electrical power
22 Feb 2018 | From Arrive Alive
At approximately 07H40 on Thursday 22 February 2018, Netcare 911 responded to reports of a serious crash on the R21 southbound before the Olifantsfontein exit in the Centurion area, Tshwane. Paramedics from Netcare 911 and various other services attended to the incident. Reports from the scene

News Archive

Home  |  
Contact  |  
Browser  |  
Disclaimer  |  
CMS  |  
© 2018 - All Rights Reserved www.arrivealive.co.za