Western Cape – Road deaths in the Province on the rise

Western Cape Goverment

Ministry of Transport and Public Works

While the Province continues to record a downward trend in road deaths, a mid-year review of the deaths has shown that the rate at which they are decreasing in 2013 is at its lowest compared to other years.

 

 

ROAD CRASH FATALITIES: MONTHLY

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Jan

114

147

117

109

104

79

Feb

143

116

118

126

99

64

Mar

182

142

152

122

92

132

Apr

157

132

108

102

107

108

May

143

145

143

112

102

112

Jun

147

122

122

102

107

104

TOTAL

886

804

772

701

611

599

% DECREASE

-9%

-4%

-9%

-12%

-1%

 

 

“With 2008 as the base year, fatalities had gone down by 9% in 2009, compared to the previous year for the first six months; 4% in 2010 compared to 2009; 9% in 2011 compared to 2010; and 12% in 2012 compared to 2011. This year, road deaths have only decreased by 1% compared to the first six months of 2012. Cumulatively over the last 12 months, deaths have decreased by 28% (from 1739 in January 2009 to 1250 for the past 12 months), a slight set-back from the 30% reduction achieved in February this year.

“Our fatality statistics show that a large percentage of road deaths in the Province occur during the weekend, where the deadly effects of drink driving are clearly felt. There can be no doubt that the absence of Breathalysers and the removal of our right to “Name and Shame” are substantially increasing the number of drunken drivers on the road, and the road deaths are rising with them,” said Minister Carlisle.

Minister Carlisle is involved in a dispute with Minister of Justice Radebe for the reinstating of the Name and Shame campaign. The campaign saw drink driving arrests decrease from an average of 60 arrests per weekend, to 25 arrests, a situation that is now being reversed.

March saw the loss of 132 lives on our roads, the highest figure for any month so far this year.

“The number of deaths per 100 000 of the population in the Western Cape (WC population averaging at 5.3 million from 2008 till 2012) has gone down from 33.05 in 2008 to 23.80 currently. The national rate has been reported as being at 33 deaths per 100 000 of the population and rising according to the 2009 Global Status Report on Road Safety. This is an unacceptable situation that the Western Cape government and Safely Home are working tirelessly to improve,” added Carlisle.

 

Western Cape Road Crash Fatalities per 100 000

Year

Fatalities

Mid-Year Population Estimates

% Growth

Deaths per 100 000 Population

2008

1739

5 262 000

N/A

33.05

2009

1567

5 356 900

1.80%

29.25

2010

1476

5 223 900

-2.48%

28.25

2011

1335

5 287 863

1.22%

25.25

2012

1261

5 297 472

0.18%

23.80

 

“Pedestrians remain the hardest hit by this scourge, followed very closely by those inside a vehicle, namely drivers and passengers. We will soon be launching an extensive multimedia campaign focussing on seatbelt and restraint awareness as buckling up alone will undoubtedly see the number of driver and passenger deaths decrease dramatically,” added Carlisle.

*Statistics are from Statistics South Africa, Mid-Year Population Estimates 2008-2011, and Safely Home.