TOUGH VICTORIAN EXPERIENCE FOR KZN MOTORISTS

This article describes how the traffic authorities in the province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa, are testing a traffic safety policy based on that of Victoria, Australia. If successful, it will be extended to the other eight provinces of South Africa. KZN has had the highest rate of fatal road accidents in South Africa. In April 1995, a high-ranking delegation from KZN went on a study tour to Victoria. This is to be followed by the visit to KZN of a multi-disciplinary assessment team of Victorian-based officials, to make a feasibility study in collaboration with a similar team from KZN. The next stage is to obtain funding from international donors, and the final stage is to implement the pilot project in KZN. The system in Victoria has been very successful, and, over five years, reduced accidents by 22%, serious injuries by 38%, and fatalities by 52%. The KZN project will comprise: (1) traffic camera enforcement; (2) random, continuous, and full-time breath testing by mobile testing stations; (3) advertising campaigns and commercially-driven investments in road safety enforcement; (4) allocation of traffic officers to schools and colleges; (5) academic research on appropriate road safety problems; and (6) facilitation of safe driving practices by the hospitality industry.

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    SNELCO-PRO PUBLIC RELATIONS CONSULTANTS

    PO BOX 72580
    LYNWOOD RIDGE,   South Africa  0040
  • Publication Date: 1996

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Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 8-10
  • Serial:
    • ROBOT
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: SNELCO-PRO PUBLIC RELATIONS CONSULTANTS
    • ISSN: 0035-7391

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00726561
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Oct 28 1996 12:00AM