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Youth and road safety

(Western Cape Government)

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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:

  1. Commission 1: Road Safety Management
  2. Commission 2: Safer Roads and Mobility
  3. Commission 3: Safer Vehicles
  4. Commission 4: Safer Road users
  5. Commission 5: Post-crash care & Response
  6. Commission 6: Regulation & legislation

Read more in Minister Peters' opening and closing remarks at the National Road Safety Summit.

Youth road safety

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.

Youth Road Safety

The Department, through its Road Safety Management Directorate, prioritises youth road safety by:

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.

The content on this page was last updated on 23 May 2016