Calls for better road safety programmes

The Johannesburg Attorney’s Association has accused government of failing to implement road safety...

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The Johannesburg Attorney’s Association has accused government of failing to implement road safety programs properly.

Earlier this week, traffic authorities released the December 2008 road death toll which showed a significant drop in fatalities compared to the same period in 2007.

Despite this, the association said accidents which result in death or permanent disability had cost the country over R30bn annually.

It said government should focus on improving the country’s roads which were riddled with potholes.

The organisation’s Michael de Broglio said that road safety policy needed to change.

“We need to have a massive public work programme. The infrastructure is not good and I think certainly by improving that, we can bring down the death toll."