Youth main victims of road accidents

Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) says people between the ages of 18 and 40 are at a higher risk of being involved in road accidents.

RTMC spokesperson, Simon Zwane, says they have now partnered with youth formations and structures to make sure that their road safety campaign reach young people.

There are also challenges about how they obtain drivers license. You have people who are not properly trained to be on the road.

Simon Zwane, RTMC spokesperson

We are also noticing disturbing trend on the truck industry. They are employing foreign drivers, some of them who don't have permits needed. They get involved in crashes. We must prosecute the owners as well, if there are accidents that happened as a result of the driver being unfit or the vehicle itself.

Simon Zwane, RTMC spokesperson

Zwane says the anti-corruption unit will be available for people to alert RTMC about officers who ask for bribes.

We will be deploying all our officers on the roads, we are also working with SAPS to complement our capacity on the roads and to ensure there is sufficient visibility in all roads.

Simon Zwane, RTMC spokesperson

From 1 December 2015 to 11 January 2016, there were 1,253 crashes, and 1755 people were killed.

The number of crashes went up by 11 percent compared to the previous period. Deaths increased by 14%.

Zwane says RTMC aims to decrease these numbers.

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