Road safety council on the cards
Minister Dipuo Peters said nearly 1,400 people have died in collisions since the beginning of December.
JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters will soon announce the formation of a Road Safety Advisory Council (Rosac) to develop initiatives to halt the carnage on the country's roads.
Peters said that nearly 1,400 people have died in collisions since the beginning of December.
The figure is marginally lowe r than 2012/13.
The minister says the council will include a wide range of experts in the field.
"Rosac will consist of experts in road safety and related services, representation from road safety councils, as well as taxi and bus associations."
However, the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Ian Ollis says the department should look to the Western Cape for answers after the province managed to reduce its death toll.
"We have 24 hour enforcement throughout the year and not just during the festive season. We remove unroadworthy vehicles and drivers on the roads every day."
The Justice Project South Africa has welcomed the formation of the council.
'RELEASE OF ROAD DEATHS NOT HASTY'
At the same time, Peters has dismissed criticism that the release of the festive season road death toll figures was premature.
The DA accused the department of damage control because of the high traffic volumes expected this weekend.
Peters says the department is aware that many people will be returning home ahead of schools starting next week.
"We're still going to release the statistics and we're still going to do a total comparison of the figures and thus be able to give the final indicators."
She says the department intends studying the data and will issue a comprehensive analysis.
"What we want to do this year is to give the breakdown in terms of gender and age so we can ensure that we can have the targeted audience within our campaign."