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‘Incorrect’ road death stats unacceptable – DA

A medical report suggests the country's road death stats may be higher than reported by govt.

File: A medical report suggests the country's road death statistics may be higher that reported, raising questions of credibility. Picture: Melvyn Boiskin/iWitness

JOHANNESBURG - A medical report suggests the country's road death statistics may be higher that reported, raising questions of credibility.

Eyewitness News is possession of a report by the Medical Research Council (MRC), which found that the death toll on the country's roads was 20 percent higher than what was reported by the Department of Transport in 2009.

The MRC sampled some state mortuaries and collected thousands of post-mortem reports and found there were a lot more people road deaths than reported.

The Democratic Alliance's Shadow Minister of Transport, Ian Ollis, on Sunday said the findings showed that the country's efforts to curb fatal car accidents were misdirected.

"We believe this is totally unacceptable because when they deploy traffic officers and plan for the festive season, they are operating from the wrong information and so they don't deploy enough traffic officers."