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NRSC wants electronic surveillance systems to monitor motorists

Thursday, July 03, 2014    

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The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) is advocating the use of electronic surveillance systems to achieve compliance by road users.

Executive Director of NRSC Paula Fletcher said that the Council will remain strident to ensure that provisions are made for the use of technology to improve the standard of safety on the roads.

She pointed out that although the cost factor is significant, it should be seen as an investment and not an expense.

Fletcher noted that costs are presently being incurred in the health-care system from the impact of crashes. "It would be better for us to work from the other end of the spectrum...from the end of prevention," she urged.

The executive director said it is important that the problem be tackled from the angle of bringing about behaviour change regarding road use. "When we look at the nonchalance with which drivers, pedestrians, pedal cyclists and motorcyclists continuously disregard safe road user practices, it is alarming," she said.

According to Fletcher, speeding and reckless/dangerous driving are high on the list of causes of crashes.

"We are challenged as a country to get road users to be more responsible for the safety of all, in a complex environment where cultural norms centre on selfishly flouting the rules of the road," Fletcher said.

"Safe travel on our roads will only be achieved when all road users exercise best practices, and the protection of life, family and property are foremost in people's minds. It requires the motoring public to care for and protect pedestrians, children and the elderly," she emphasised.

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