'Road safety is a life skill'

Minister Dipuo Peters said efforts were underway to teach pupils about road safety as a life skill.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters walks with Lead SA representative Yusuf Abramjee during a road safety intervention on the N14 on 19 March 2015. Picture: Lead SA via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says efforts are underway to educate school pupils about road safety so that the high road death toll can be lowered once and for all.

Lead SA, government departments and law enforcement authorities have staged a road safety intervention on the N14 near the Lanseria Airport.

Figures show that on average 47 people are killed on South African roads every day and the same number of coffins have been placed at the roadside to demonstrate this.

Peters says education is the answer.

"During the course of the year when the schools are open, the schools are responsible in terms of what we teach our children, especially from crèche but also in basic education, where we believe that road safety is a life skill."