Peters to brief media on Easter road campaign

2014-04-23 07:11
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Johannesburg - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters is expected to brief the media in Pretoria about the Easter road safety campaign on Wednesday.

Peters is also expected to highlight initiatives undertaken over Easter and indicate what programmes and campaigns would be implemented over the course of the year to reduce deaths on South Africa's roads.

On Monday, the Road Traffic Management Corporation said at least 103 people had been killed in road accidents throughout the country over the long Easter weekend.

"Up to the end of Saturday night, there were 103 fatalities and 80 crashes," said CEO Gilberto Martins.

"We don't have the full count. The final report will only be submitted tomorrow [Tuesday] and after 14:00, it will be available."

Last week Peters, addressing a summit on aviation medicine training and research, said clamping down on unfit drivers would help reduce road deaths in South Africa.

"We believe that some of the people who drive freight and passenger transport on the ground need to be subjected to what the aviation sector is subjected to," she said in Pretoria.

"For us to meet the United Nations standards of a 50% reduction of carnage on our roads by 2020, we need to learn from the aviation sector.

"Those strict rules we need to apply on the road."
- SAPA
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