Road accidents fatalities trends and safety management in South Africa

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Road related fatalities remain high in South Africa compared to other African nations. The purpose of this study was to analyze the determinants of road accident fatalities in South Africa’s transport sector. The determinants were examined using the ordinary least squares (OLS) method. The results suggest that drunken driving, paved roads and use of seatbelts are some of the determinants in the number of road related fatalities. The study recommends that the South African government put strict measures in dealing with drunk driving that has contributed to the unnecessary loss of life, especially during holiday periods.

Keywords: drunk driving, road safety management, Haddon matrix, enforcement, seatbelts.
JEL Classification: O18, R41, Z00, Z18

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