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South Africa Aims to Improve Road Safety

March 18, 2016

The South Africa Department of Transport has invited all transport stakeholders to contribute to the formulation of a road safety strategy for 2016 to 2020, according to a report by Engineering News.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said the strategy would serve as a blueprint for all road safety interventions that needed to be implemented to create safer roads, according to the report.

South Africa has made some progress in reducing road traffic fatalities, dropping from 15,419 in 2006 to 12,702 as of 2014. However, Peters pointed out that the decrease was not at the rate required for South Africa to realistically meet the international aspirational goals set out by the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 to achieve a 50% reduction by 2020, according to the report.

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