President Cyril Ramaphosa joined by the Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Provincial MECs of Roads, Transport, Police, Community Safety and Public Works and senior government officials, will on Saturday (5 October) officially launch the October Transport Month campaign and the revamped Arrive Alive programme, as approved by Cabinet.
“In commemorating the many lives lost on the country’s roads, the President and the Minister will unveil a memorial plaque on the N3 Weighbridge and reveal a new logo of the Arrive Alive programme underpinning the 365 Days Road Safety Action Agenda,” the Department of Transport said.
The department said South Africa’s Road Safety Action Agenda will mainstream road safety interventions into the daily activities of transport authorities, cultivate round the clock traffic law enforcement and discourage unsafe road user behaviour.
“The spate of road deaths in South Africa continues to account for untold suffering for families, friends and loved ones in the loss of their beloved, unmistakably at a huge cost to the economy – some R166 billion at minimum.
“Last Friday, seven innocent lives were cut short resulting from a horrific multi vehicle crash near the Pumulani Toll Plaza on the N1 freeway in the Hammanskraal area. Many other such crashes have claimed scores of lives on the country’s roads,” the department said.
And in CAPE TOWN the Western Cape Transport and Public Works MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela, as well as senior members in his department, unveiled plans to improve road safety on Monday.
Officials also unveiled a new technology that would make it easier for traffic officials to help police track down criminals in transit.
It’s understood road accidents in the Western Cape costs the economy R29 million per day.
Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works head Jacqueline Gooch said financial losses as a result of road accidents stemmed from direct as well as indirect costs.
“The deployment of medical personnel, cleaning up the scene and potentially having to repair the infrastructure including the potential loss of income if somebody is killed in the crash.”
Madikizela added new specialised interception and Highway Patrol Units would make use of smart technology to track down criminals on the roads.
“Whenever the police want to detect a car that was used in a crime scene, they’ll send the number plates and the team is able to monitor the movement of that car. Immediately, it will tell us where the car was and where it is now.”
Source: EWN | SANews.gov.za