Road safety through innovation and technology
The Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) uses innovative ways to promote road safety and implement traffic law interventions and programmes in the Western Cape.
We understand that incorporating the latest technology in our endeavours assists us to reduce the amount of serious injuries and deaths caused by road crashes.
Integrated Intelligence Hub (ITIH)
Data gathered at the ITIH links aspects of transport regulation, planning and operations to improve effectiveness and efficiency of our transport-related services. Specific data is fed into the central data warehouse and is used for planning and reporting purposes, and for real-time “war room” style control centres used for law enforcement.
- A total of 118 new traffic law enforcement vehicles are in the process of being equipped with in-vehicle ITIH technology, and
- DTPW traffic officers on duty have hand-held ITIH devices that alerts them to possible infringements of the law linked to specific vehicles.
Information was previously held in silos, with multiple datasets, old technology, and a lack of integrated systems.
- News: Department receives national award for ICT-led transport innovation
- ITIH in On Track newsletter
Donald Grant, Minister of Transport and Public Works in the Western Cape met with influential role-players in the transport industry on 23 October 2018 to discuss Smart Shayela.
Smart Shayela is a joint initiative of the National Department of Transport, the Western Cape Government and the trucking and minibus taxi industries which aims to reduce the number of road crashes involving buses, minibuses, trucks and other holders of Professional Driving Permits (PrDPs). It includes the introduction of an incentive-based smart phone gaming app that encourages drivers to learn more about driving, based on “The Science of Driving”, a book by Paul Jaffa.
E-learning at Gene Louw Traffic College
An e-learning portal was introduced to meet the demand for traffic officers being able to upgrade their skills without having to take time off for training. E-learning offers a variety of online courses and specialised training interventions to help make our roads safer.
The College’s new video conferencing facilities enable traffic officers to have the benefit of a virtual classroom learning environment while sitting at home or in the office.
- News: Gene Louw Traffic College to introduce e-learning
Average Speed Over Distance
This sixth phase of the Average Speed Over Distance (ASOD) was launched in 2015.
ASOD calculates the average speed of a vehicle from the time it passes the first camera along an ASOD route (point A) until it passes the second camera (point B).
The average speed is determined by the time a vehicle takes to travel from point A to point B.
Evidentiary Breath Alcohol testing (EBAT)
This EBAT system uses a machine that can measure the amount of alcohol in a person’s breath. It then produces a printout of the results for use as evidence in court proceedings.
Two breath samples must be taken. If the lower of the two EBAT test results is not less than 0,24 mg of alcohol per 1 000 ml of breath, the driver will be charged for driving under the influence of alcohol.
- Read more about EBAT
- News: EBAT training for 11 training colleges takes place at GLTC
Safely Home Reporter
The Reporter on Safely Home’s website allows road users to complain online about reckless drivers, speeders and public transport operators behaving badly.
When submitting your report, you must include sufficient information and images or videos of adequate quality. Valid complaints will be sent to the relevant traffic law enforcement agency.