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Dipuo Peters: Motorists should stop paying bribes

The transport minister has also called on officers to stop letting motorists get away with unlawful behaviour.

A Johannesburg Metro Police officer writes a parking ticket outside the Johannesburg High Court. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News
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JOHANNESBURG – The Transport Department has urged motorists not to bribe law enforcement officials, and has called on officers to stop letting motorists get away with unlawful behaviour on the roads in exchange for a bribe.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters yesterday led discussions attended by road agencies, NGOs and government departments at Gallagher Estate in Midrand.

Peters says the engagement aims to consolidate input from relevant stakeholders, such as the taxi industry and liquor outlets, to come up with ideas to curb road deaths and improve responsible driving.

She says that in 2014, South Africa reported a road death rate of 23.5 per 100,000 people while the global average is 17.4 fatalities for the same amount of people.
 
The minister says part of the problem is irresponsible drivers who get away with bad behaviour on the roads.

She says motorists should also stop paying bribes.

“Once you stop giving the bribe; once you stop giving money for cold drinks, we’ll be able to make sure that we reduce.”

Peters says she will present a document before Parliament on the resolutions made at the discussions yesterday. 

ROAD DEATHS

The department says most road deaths occur over long weekends and around pay day.

As a result, it will intensify law enforcement in March and April, during the two consecutive long weekends.

Peters says the objective of the National Road Safety Strategy Engagement and Development Summit is to formulate a road safety plan that involves the public.

She says law enforcement must be put on high alert over the long weekend periods in March and April.

Peters says that if she had it her way, the alcohol limit for drivers would be zero as alcohol abuse claims many lives.

“We’re looking at stiffer penalties as a starting point and we believe it’s important to make sure that we strengthen law enforcement.”

As ideas poured in from various stakeholders, the spokesperson of the National Taxi Alliance suggested public transport be extended over weekends to avoid motorists drinking and driving.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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