Lowering of speed limit to be discussed

Transport Ministry says lowering the speed limit on SA’s roads will be up for discussion in 2013.

The wreckage of a car involved in an accident on the N1 between Laingsburg and Beaufort Wes on Sunday 16 December 2012. Picture: Melvyn Boiskin/iWitness

JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Dikobe Martins on Thursday said lowering the speed limit on the country's roads would be up for discussion this year.

Martins announced that more than 1,400 people had died on national roads since 1 December 2012.

"According to the South African Police Service, it is estimated that approximately 1,465 people lost their lives."

While the figure was down compared to the previous year, the minister said intensifying road safety campaigns was imperative.

"As part of the programme of 2013, we will engage on legislative reviews.

There are a number of issues that we will be looking at, including the issue of lowering the speed limit in certain cases."

Martins also said he strongly supported the Department of Health's campaign to ban alcohol adverts after it was revealed that alcohol abuse was found to be linked to most accidents.

"We have seen that in majority of accidents, the common denominator pertains to alcohol."

Martins said drunken driving was an issue that needed serious attention.