Youth and road safety
New and inexperienced drivers between the ages of 25 and 34 years are most likely to die on the roads.
Dipuo Peters, National Minister of Transport and Public Works spoke these words during her opening address at the 2nd National Road Safety Summit at Ratanga Junction, Cape Town on 13 and 14 November 2015.
She was also concerned that "80% of road crash fatalities are adult males aged between 19 and 34 years old".
Both groups fall into the youth category in South Africa.
It was at this summit where role-players introduced the 7th Commission –“Youth and Road Safety”. Other commissions included:
- Commission 1: Road Safety Management
- Commission 2: Safer Roads and Mobility
- Commission 3: Safer Vehicles
- Commission 4: Safer Road users
- Commission 5: Post-crash care & Response
- Commission 6: Regulation & legislation
One of the resolutions taken by the Youth and Road Safety Commission was to conduct Provincial Youth Summits in 2016.
The Department of Transport and Public Works, the National Department of Transport and other roleplayers will host the Western Cape's Provincial Youth Road Safety Summit on 3 and 4 June at Ratanga Junction and aims, through commissions, to meet the following objectives:
- Give a voice to young people on the road safety issue,
- contribute to a shift in attitudes and behaviour towards road safety among young people,
- encourage and support a cadre of national leaders for road safety, and
- launch the “Youth Declaration for Road Safety”.
The theme for the Youth Road Safety Summits , in line with the social media trend appealing to youth in particular, is #BEINGSAFEISCOOL.
- Read more about Limpopo's Provincial Youth Road Safety Summit held in Polokwane from 6 to 7 May 2016.
The Department, through its Road Safety Management Directorate, prioritises youth road safety by:
- facilitating high school debates,
- offering Danny Cat shows
- driver education and training,
- running Participatory Education Techniques competitions, and
- Establishing scholar patrols and seatbelt convincer demonstrations.
Read more about Road Safety Management’s campaigns and programmes.
Follow the hashtag #BEINGSAFEISCOOL on social media during the Western Cape's Youth Road Safety Summit on 3 and 4 June.