Distracted driving a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents in SA by Eastern Cape – MyPR:
Texting while driving greatly increases the chances of an accident
While a great deal of emphasis is placed on the dangers of drunken driving in South Africa, and rightly so, texting and driving, as well as other forms of distractions while on the road, can be every bit as hazardous.
This caution comes from Netcare’s general manager: emergency, trauma, transplant and corporate social investment, Mande Toubkin. “The impairments associated with drunken driving and texting while driving have much in common, and both are illegal in South Africa as well as exceedingly perilous activities” she adds.
“It is not possible at present to establish how many motor vehicle crashes in South Africa may be related to distracted driving, which may include using a mobile phone or other technologies while on the road. However, most authorities would agree that it is becoming a leading cause of road accidents in this country, where a staggering 1 million motor vehicle accidents were reported to the South African Police Service in 2015. We certainly have many patients who are admitted to Netcare’s emergency departments who report that their vehicle accidents were related to one or other form of diversion while they were at the wheel.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the United States, texting while driving distracts the driver from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds