Minister of Transport, Dr Blade
Nzimande (right) and MEC for
Transport, Community Safety and
Liaison, Mr Mxolisi Kaunda (Left)
Minister of Transport Dr Blade Nzimande lamented the high death rate of young people on the country’s roads.
“Young people are mostly affected by road crashes, those under 35 years. We call all youth organisations to come forward and help. Young people are perishing on our roads. Road crashes rob households of people that are in the prime of their lives.”
This emerged during the Easter Road Safety launch campaign on the 8th of April in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. During the launch, Minister Nzimande officially launched and unveiled the Evidential Breathalyzer Alcohol Test (EBAT) and Alcohol Evidential Centre (AEC).
Talking about the EBAT he said, ‘the new machine will ensure that you get arrested on the spot’.
“I must indicate that the road towards the realisation of EBAT has been a difficult one. It had legislative as well as administrative challenges, but at the end, all those challenges have been overcome. This includes ensuring that at all times during our roadblocks targeted at alcohol testing, we have registered nursing sisters. This will ensure that no driver will evade being arrested for drinking and driving.”
The Minister appealed to everyone to work with the government in reducing road deaths. He said 77% of road crashes were due to human error.
“As the Department we are seeking many ways of promoting Road Safety. We are going to come down on fake driver’s licences. We are tightening the laws and penalties.”