Reducing road deaths as a national priority mlr & av
Reducing Road Deaths as a National PriorityC J TolmieN3 Toll Concession (Pty) Ltd www.n3tc.co.za 0800 N3 HELP (0800 63 4357)
The FactsCrashes Globally 1.3 million people die in vehicle crashes per annum. (Source: IRF) In South Africa the number is 15 000 people per annum. (Source: RTMC) 90% of the deaths occur in low and middle income countries. One in four hospital beds are occupied by road accident victims. The World Health Organisation (WHO) views traffic injuries as the 9th most critical health problem. The WHO predicts that by 2020 it will be ranked third. Globally around 20 to 50 million people are injured per annum. (Source: IRF)www.n3tc.co.za 0800 N3 HELP (0800 63 4357)
The FactsEconomic Consequences Estimated cost : 1% to 3% of GNP (Source: IRF) Global GNP : $75-trillion therefore between $750-billion and $2.5-trillion South Africa’s GNP : $304-billion therefore between $3.0-billion and $9-billion Something needs to be done!!!www.n3tc.co.za 0800 N3 HELP (0800 63 4357)
Brake and Tyre Watch In Partnership with: Location Inspected Discontinued %Midway KZN 26 10 38%Pietermaritzburg 12 11 92%Estcourt 24 20 84%TOTAL 62 41 66% www.n3tc.co.za 0800 N3 HELP (0800 63 4357)
So, What are we doing? National Initiatives Not doing enough! Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (AARTO). Arrive Alive. Supporting the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety. IRAP International Road Assessment Program. SANRAL deploying various ITS solutions. Various Enforcement Initiatives. www.n3tc.co.za 0800 N3 HELP (0800 63 4357)
So, What are we doing? The Concessionaires We Care! Measure and analyse crash data monthly. Deploy ITS – albeit limited solutions at this stage. Various Initiatives include: 24/7 Route Patrol Service and Route Control Centre; Road Safety Audits; Training of Law Enforcement Agencies; CSIR Human Behavioural Study; and Dedicated road safety campaigns.www.n3tc.co.za 0800 N3 HELP (0800 63 4357)
The Role of Technology in Reducing Road Deaths ITS must, inter alia: Promote smart and safe travel; Be affordable; Be reliable; and Provide real time information. We need to develop smart :- Vehicles The smart car – e.g. collision avoidance technology; Roads Smart Highway Concept – information exchange; and Drivers Auto Pilot?? www.n3tc.co.za 0800 N3 HELP (0800 63 4357)
Conclusion So how do we reduce road deaths as a national priority? There needs to be a balance between Technology and Restrictive Policies? Develop the business model to invest in road safety! We need to sell the benefits! We need ITS to be part of the solution. Just imagine the celebration if we can proclaim: “It is now as safe to drive a car as to fly a plane!” What an ITS challenge? Be Safe; Smart; and Sustainable. www.n3tc.co.za 0800 N3 HELP (0800 63 4357)
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