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A radical change on road safety is needed Print E-mail
22 November 2012
 
                                     moosajeept
 
“There has to be radical change in the attitude and behaviour of all road users if efforts aimed at reducing road accidents are to bear fruit,” says Rehana Moosajee the MMC for Transport at the launch of the 2012-2013 Road Safety Campaign ahead of the start of the holiday season.
 
The launch was held at the Braamfischer Hall in Dobsonville, Soweto and was attended by representatives of many of the City of Joburg’s transport stakeholder organisations, including the Scholar Transport body, Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, Road Accident Fund and the local taxi association.
 
MMC Moosajee said 2012 had been a “very difficult year” for the City as far as road safety was concerned. This was exacerbated by the fact there had been just too many road accidents involving children.
 
“No one cares for the safety of all [on the roads] more than we do [as a department]. However, speed humps are not the only solution. All of us need to change our attitude and behaviour when we use the road. We need to respect the rules of the road. We must inculcate in ourselves a culture of doing what is right when using the road,” said Moosajee. 
 
A Putco representative told the meeting that his company had committed itself to having all its buses taken in for inspection, not only during holiday periods, but also throughout the year.
 
South Africa’s roads have become the killing fields over the holiday seasons. Last year’s December holidays claimed more 1 400 lives, with the Gauteng Province accounting for over 380 of these deaths.
 
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Last Updated on 22 November 2012