Empowering young road users

2016-08-25 06:00
 RMCT’s Alesha Panday made a presentation at the workshop regarding road incidents.

RMCT’s Alesha Panday made a presentation at the workshop regarding road incidents.

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In a bid to curb road accidents, a group of organisations believe that young people should be on the driving seat in the promotion of road safety.

As such the Kasi Road Safety initiative, the Road Management Corporation and The Western Cape Provincial Road Safety Youth Steering Committee hosted a workshop to empower young road users in Khayelitsha.

More than 50 locals attended the workshop held at youth lifestyle event Rands at Khaya Bazaar on Sunday.

According to Kasi Road Safety deputy chair, Zwelakhe Mndebele, the focus should not only be aimed at motorists.

“The cyclist, the biker and the pedestrian also need the skills and awareness to practice road safety measures as well.

Importantly, the aim is to empower young people and give them the motivation of practicing safe driving behaviour,” said Mndebele.

The road safety Initiative was established last year in Johannesburg by young people working in the motor and transport industry.

Mndebele said one of the key aims of their organisation was to address negative stereotypes in young people.

“We know that there is a belief that wearing a seatbelt is not cool. These are just some of the bad influences we are hoping to redirect with this project,” he said.

At the event officials from the RMCT gave the attendants some statistics regarding road accidents in the province as a wakeup call.

The youth committee which was elected in June under the guide of the national transport department said that they step up their effort to increase road safety.

The provincial conviener Phetho Tebeta said this was the beginning of their activities to raise awareness in the province.

“We have engage in awareness activities during road blocks by law enforcement, we also conducted road crossing exercise for schools and we will roll out more programmes during the course of the year,” she said.

She said that their aim was to see a decrease in the road incidents through educating young people on the matter.

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