Will naming & shaming stop carnage SA’s roads?

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has suggested that motorists be named and shamed for violating traffic laws.

FILE. Minister Dipuo PetersHAS asked the RTMC to consider publishing the names of people convicted of bad behaviour on the roads. Picture: freeimages.com.

JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has suggested that motorists be named and shamed for violating traffic laws.

She's asked the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) to consider publishing the names of people convicted of speeding, drunk driving and other offenses as a means to deter bad behaviour on the roads.

Transport Department Spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi says law enforcement officials must take a no-nonsense approach in dealing with motorists caught breaking the rules on the road.

"The minister made an appeal, their names must be published. This robs our country and its families if their loved ones."

He says speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol are the main causes of accidents.

"Statistically we're doing well. But we're not at all impressed by the current deaths we still find on our roads."

Transport officials have confirmed there's been a 62 percent drop in the number of road deaths in the week leading up to the Easter weekend, compared to the same period last year.

Meanwhile, Western Cape traffic officials have placed a large focus on the safety of long distance taxis over the Easter weekend period.

This weekend is notorious for a spike in deadly road accidents across the province.

Over the Easter weekend last year, officials recorded 23 fatalities - most of them pedestrians.

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says officers are using a colour-coded sticker system on minibus taxis to ensure it's been checked for roadworthiness.

"Our traffic officers are working around the clock to make sure these taxis are roadworthy and not overloaded."

Statistics from the RTMC indicate that there were more than 300 deaths on South Africa's roads during last year's Easter period.