- Road safety is a big problem over the festive season with many lives lost
- The Road Safety Action Campaign is very upset that the government hasn't lowered speed limits yet
- The founder of the campaign, Richard Benson, feels lives can be saved by making the limits lower than it is right now
The Road Safety Action Campaign has criticised the government for not implementing a plan to lower the local speed limits.
The campaign is upset by reports of deaths on the South African roads since the start of the festive season.
It's not unusual for the death toll on the paths and roads to increase over December and the campaign wants to prevent this.
The campaign's founder, Richard Benson, feels that lowering the limits would bring down the number of lives lost.
According to Benson, South Africa is behind other countries such as Australia, the UK and Sweden when it comes to speed limits. These countries have a better track record.
“Our speed limits are way above those countries. Speed is the root cause of most accidents in South Africa and has also resulted in pedestrian deaths.
“We should not have delayed the implementation of the plan to reduce speed limits, even though it is still not the best."
Briefly.co.za gathered that the campaign has been asking for lower speed limits since 2005 already.
According to IOL News, the government plans to implement the lowering of speed limits in 2020, which Benson does not approve of.
“Failure to implement this immediately will cost thousands of lives, in most cases this could have been avoided. So at the end of the year, we could expect the death toll to be as high as 1 800 for this year."
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