The Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) is questioning the commitment of government at all levels to road safety in South Africa.
With all our schools having started their new year, the body count from the summer holidays is likely to exceed 1700 lives lost on our roads. South Africa is a signatory to the United Nations Decade of Action programme which aims to reduce crashes by 50% over the next ten years.
Without unqualified support from all government departments at all levels including municipalities, in setting an example to the public, this initiative will not be successful.
On Wednesday, 19th January 2011, three government officials from different departments were charged with reckless driving when they were caught travelling at speeds between 180 km/h and 208 km/h on the N4 near Bronkhorstspruit.
“The actions of these drivers speak volumes. We view this as flagrantly disregarding the safety of other road users and flies in the face of what government hopes to achieve. Running late for a meeting is no excuse for their actions and we trust that this time, the magistrate will impose the appropriate sanction”, said Gary Ronald, Head of Public Affairs at the AA.
“Minister Ndebele introduced amended legislation late last year which effectively suspends the drivers licence of an offender for three months after conviction of the first offence. We are hopeful that this will in fact happen, regardless of any apology”, Ronald concluded
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