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Early Warning – Dangerous Roads in South Africa

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I don’t think that there is a single person in South Africa that has not been affected in some way by the road construction that is taking place all over.

I know that one of my greatest frustrations and no doubt, one of the most consistent time wasters, is going down a road that I haven’t been on for some time, only to discover that there is a detour or worse still, that the road works brings the traffic to a dead stop.

These are contributing factors that add to ‘road rage’ which sees normal human beings degenerate into monsters.  The result is absolute carnage on the roads and thousands of lives are lost annual on South African roads.  As in most things, some things are worse than others.  Here is a list of the most dangerous 4 roads in South Africa.

•    The 388km stretch between King Williamstown and Kokstad.  Average incident rate is 7.65 per 10kms.
•    The 35km stretch between Sandton in Gauteng and Pretoria (past Centurion and Midrand). Average incident rate is 48.29 per 10kms.
•    The 54km stretch between Kingsburg and Tongaat in KwaZulu-Natal.
•    The 102km stretch between Durban and Howick on the N3 is KwaZulu-Natal.

The above represents the worst of the worst in the country with the first two tying for the worst spot.

Please find listed below the worst five areas in the various provinces throughout the country as per an extract from the comprehensive table on the Arrive Alive website.

Gauteng

From    To    Road    Distance    Fatal Crashes    Crashes per Km
Sandton    Pretoria    N1    35    169    48.29
Lenasia    Germiston    N12    48    122    25.42
Boksburg    Daveyton    N12    18    38    21.11
Heidelberg    Bedfordview    N3    51    107    20.98
Bedfordview    Sandton    N3    25    52    20.80

KwaZulu-Natal

From    To    Road    Distance    Fatal Crashes    Crashes per Km
Kingsburg    Tongaat    N2    59    162    27.46
Durban    Howick    N3    102    178    17.45
Harding    Winkelspruit    N2    166    186    11.20
Stanger    Hluhluwe    N2    125    119    9.52
Pietermartizburg    Richmond    R56    30    23    7.67

Western Cape

From    To    Road    Distance    Fatal Crashes    Crashes per Km
Cape Town    Worcester    N1    91    156    17.36
Knysna    Plettenburg Bay    N2    27    39    14.44
Cape Town    Somerset West    N2    42    55    13.10
Somerset West    Rivier-sonderend    N2    71    69    9.72
Cape Town    Citrusdal    N7    161    101    6.27

Eastern Cape

From    To    Road    Distance    Fatal Crashes    Crashes per Km
King Williamstown    Kokstad    N2    388    279    7.65
Umtata    Port St Johns    R61    89    54    6.07
Plettenburg Bay    King Williamstown    N2    329    156    4.74
Fort Beaufort    King Williamstown    R63    88    39    4.43
Port St Johns    Port Edward    R61    201    87    4.33

Free State

From    To    Road    Distance    Fatal Crashes    Crashes per Km
Harrismith    Villiers    N3    145    129    8.90
Heilbron    Sasolburg    R57    55    27    4.91
Bloemfontein    Ladybrand    N8    125    50    4.00
Bloemfontein    Vaal River    N1    352    111    3.15

Mpumalanga

From    To    Road    Distance    Fatal Crashes    Crashes per Km
Witbank    Waterval Boven    N4    98    109    11.12
Waterval Boven    Hectorspruit    N4    162    105    6.48
Springs    Witbank    N12    98    59    6.02
Volksrust    Greylingstad    R23    139    83    5.97
Barberton    Hazyview    R40    88    47    5.34

North West Province

From    To    Road    Distance    Fatal Crashes    Crashes per Km
Stilfontein    Lenasia    N12    57    11    19.47
Rustenburg    Magaliesburg    R24    46    47    10.22
Lobatse    Hartebeesport    N4    175    146    8.34
Nnbatho    Zeerust    R49    68    42    6.18
Bloemhof    Stilfontein    N12    169    62    3.67
Limpopo

From    To    Road    Distance    Fatal Crashes    Crashes per Km
Maubane    Polokwane    N1    210    138    6.57
Polokwane    Namanmakgale    R71    144    138    6.57
Polokwane    Nusina    N1    263    97    3.69
Polokwane    Burgersfort    R37    149    43    2.89
Origstad    Tzaneen    R36    138    201.45

Northern Cape

From    To    Road    Distance    Fatal Crashes    Crashes per Km
Kimberley    Warrenton    N12    47    30    6.38
Barkley West    Kimberley    R31    32    10    3.13
Groblershoop    Upington    N10    102    20    1.96
Three Sisters    Colesberg    N1    305    54    1.77
Springbok    Vioolsdrift    N7    118    18    1.53

The bottom line – it’s not always about how we drive, but also how others drive and how we interact with those others.

Take care out there people.

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