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A new road safety strategy is needed: Automobile Association

Sunday 15 January 2017 08:54

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The Automobile Association says South Africa needs a broader, more actionable and implementable road safety strategy, to curb accidents..

The Automobile Association says what should be legislated is the way that people obtain licences.(SABC)

The Automobile Association says South Africa needs a broader, more actionable and implementable road safety strategy.

The association's statement comes after Transport Minister Dipuo Peters called on the Justice Department to impose a harsh punishment on people responsible for fatal crashes.

Last week, Peters released the road crash death toll for the festive season in which more than 1 700 people were killed.

The association's Layton Beard says, “The government acknowledges itself that there needs to be a better road safety strategy in place. People have a feeling in South Africa that they can drive with impunity and do what they want because even if they are arrested, the chances of that they will go to court and get convicted are quite slim.”

“Attitude is definitely something that you can't legislate. Driver attitude in South Africa is pretty poor. What you can legislate is the way that people obtain licences and legislate the way in which these are tested and measured.”

Meanwhile, one person has died after a head-on collision between a car and an Intercape bus on the N1 between Caledon and Botriver.

Western Cape Traffic Chief, Kenny Africa, says the deceased was the driver of the car. There were 60 passengers on the bus, and none of them was injured.

The Justice Project South Africa says the country's roads would not necessarily become safer by imposing harsh punishment on people responsible for fatal crashes.

Chairperson Howard Dembovsky says the government should instead focus on ensuring an increase in successful convictions.

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