By Max Braun
It is going to take more than an annual talk show if we are to successfully address the unacceptable number of road deaths and injuries to drivers, passengers and pedestrians. What is needed is action and on this front, the fact the Department of Transport failed to respond to the United Nations Decade of Road Safety for the decade 2011 – 2020 compiled by world governments that aims to reduce road deaths by 25 people per 100 000 miles over the period, is an indication of non-action.
This global plan of action has five pillars: building road safety management capacity; improving the safety of road infrastructure and broader transport networks; further developing the safety of vehicles; enhancing the behaviour of road users; and improving postcrash response. The DOT’s five yearly submissions, commencing in 1991, remained unchanged up to 2010 resulting in failure to reduce its targeted fatalities by 10%.
To gain a meaningful reduction in road accidents, death,
injuries and family tragedies, every driver, motorist, driver trainer and supervisor must step up to the plate and seek to achieve ‘No Accident Driving’.
According to its 2015 White Paper…