Deputy Transport minister praises RTMC for embracing tech to tackle road carnage

Transport officials launched the Easter road safety campaign at the Bapong Weighbridge in the North West on Monday. The event saw new law enforcement technologies being introduced, such as the body-worn camera to be used by officers.

A North West traffic official wears a body camera at the launch of the Easter road safety campaign launch at the Bapong Weighbridge on 29 March 2021. Picture: @TrafficRTMC/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - With just a few days left until South Africans mark the religious long weekend, deputy Transport Minister Dikeledi Magadzi said that the country must fight the cancer of reckless driving through collaborative interventions.

Transport officials launched the Easter road safety campaign at the Bapong Weighbridge in the North West on Monday.

The event saw new law enforcement technologies being introduced, such as the body-worn camera to be used by officers.

Deputy Minister Magadzi said that South Africa must find new creative ways in order to make decisive interventions and save lives on the roads.

"We simply cannot continue using the same tactics that have not worked in the past and hope that these tactics will be able to yield different results."

Magadzi said that the fourth industrial revolution had presented new opportunities for the country.

"Let us embrace the opportunities presented by the fourth industrial revolution and liberate new frontier technologies that have been presented to fight the cancer of reckless conduct and the results of loss life will be reduced on our roads."

She applauded the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) for taking a giant leap toward reinventing law enforcement by introducing a body-worn camera that will be used by officers.

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