One would think it is only in Nigeria that road accidents are very rampant in festive seasons. However, information emerging from South Africa is even more disturbing. Road accidents in South Africa have killed 765 people so far this month as the holiday season gets under way, traffic authorities said on Saturday.
According to South Africa’s Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) most of the accidents were head-on collisions resulting from high speed and drunk driving. Therefore, a total of 1,771 people died in road accidents between December 1 last year and January 10, 2012.
The RTMC spokesman Ashref Ismail said the agency had hoped to reduce road casualties this year by 25 percent but negligent driving continued to be a problem. His words: “Given these figures, all indications are that this target will not be met.”
Traffic accidents in South Africa always peak around busy holiday periods like Christmas and Easter, as people head out on vacation. But despite good infrastructure, the country’s roads are among the most dangerous in the world, with some 13,000 people killed every year — more than 35 a day. Public transport accounts for most of the accidents.