Driver fatigue as well as drunken driving play a major role in road accident deaths during the festive season, Netcare 911 has said.
Last year 1 200 people died on South African roads during the December 2006 and January 2007 holiday season, the emergency service said.
Netcare's Road Safety Foundation, Petro Kruger said, "A staggering 42 percent of road deaths were pedestrians. While 55 percent were caused by drunken driving. Driver fatigue also played a major role".
Netcare 911 medical director, Dr Glenn Staples said drivers must consider the importance of being in good mental and physical condition when taking a road trip.
"Drivers need to ensure that they are rested and alert and their vehicle is roadworthy," said Staples.
"Whenever you find yourself in a spot of trouble - where people are hurt and in need of medical attention call 082-911," he said. – (Sapa)
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