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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION
All Americans deserve to live long and full lives, and every child should have the chance to seize his or her future. But throughout our Nation, too many lives are tragically cut short in traffic crashes involving drunk, drugged, or distracted driving. Impaired driving not only puts the driver at risk -- it threatens the lives of passengers and all others who share the road, and every year it causes the deaths of thousands of loved ones. This month, and especially during the holiday season, we dedicate ourselves to driving safely and responsibly, and to promoting these behaviors among our family and friends.
Alcohol and drugs can impair perception, judgment, motor skills, and memory -- the skills critical for safe and responsible driving. And as mobile technology becomes ubiquitous, the distractions of texting and cell phone use continue to pose grave dangers on our roadways. Deaths caused by impaired driving are preventable and unacceptable, and my Administration is taking action to reduce and eliminate them. We continue to support the law enforcement officers who work to keep us safe and decrease impaired driving. To help save lives, States and local communities across our Nation will participate in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign from December 12 to January 1, reminding all Americans of their important responsibility.
My Administration is striving to increase awareness of the dangers and devastating consequences of impaired driving in all its forms, especially the growing, but often overlooked, problem of drugged driving. Illegal drugs, as well as prescription and over-the-counter medications, can be just as deadly on the road as alcohol, and preventing drugged driving is a public health imperative. As part of our 2014 National Drug Control Strategy, we are working to support the data collection that underlies evidence-based policy making, strengthening the protections that keep drugged drivers off the road, and helping bolster law enforcement officials' ability to identify drug-impaired drivers.
Reducing impaired driving and keeping our roadways safe is everyone's responsibility. Parents and other caring adults can play an important role in educating young Americans about the dangers of impaired driving; adults can model good practices while driving and can help new drivers develop safe habits. This holiday season, all Americans can drive responsibly and encourage their loved ones to do the same, including by designating a sober driver or making alternative transportation arrangements. For more information, please visit www.NHTSA.gov/DriveSober, www.WhiteHouse.gov/ONDCP/DruggedDriving, and www.Distraction.gov.
During National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, let us resolve to do our part to keep our streets and highways safe. Together, our actions can save lives.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 2014 as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. I urge all Americans to make responsible decisions and take appropriate measures to prevent impaired driving.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.
PRESS RELEASE ISSUED on 9 June 2014 BY
THE ROAD SAFETY FOUNDATION
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ROAD SAFETY FOUNDATION CALLS FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF ROAD SAFETY AUTHORITY
The Road Safety Foundation calls for the establishment of a National Road Safety Authority tasked with curbing the high crash rate on South African roads.
Philip Hull, Founder Member of the Road Safety Foundation said that the high number of crashes, injuries and fatalities on South African roads continues to place an enormous social and economic burden on the country and its citizens. Resources have to be dedicated if we wish to reduce this impact.
"The time has come for government and private sector to join forces to change the situation on our roads." Said Hull "Every year thousands of people lose their lives as a result of road crashes and thousands more are injured. South Africa has one of the worst road safety records in the world and without a collaborative, dedicated effort this situation will continue indefinitely."
"We recognise the extent of the transport portfolio which incorporates not only road safety but also harbours, airports and rail issues. The government has stated on numerous occasions that they alone cannot address the road safety challenges in the country and we agree with them. The Road Safety Foundation proposes the formation of a public-private-partnership authority with expertise from government and private sector working together to reduce road crashes, injuries and fatalities."
Historically, with changes in Ministers and office bearers, sustainability of road safety strategies has been a challenge. With this in mind, The Road Safety Foundation proposes that the National Road Safety Authority should be an independent entity equally co-funded by government and private sector to harness both resources. While the principal reporting line would be to the Minister of Transport access to other ministries that need to be involved in road safety should be acquired."
The Road Safety Foundation looks forward to meeting with various government departments and private entities to discuss the proposal and plan the way forward.
CONTACT – PHILIP HULL- 082 803 6363
Update on the National Road Traffic Act - 22nd Amendment
03 November 2014 | Department of Transport
The National Department of Transport has published the long awaited Twenty Second Regulation Amendment (previously referred to as the Twenty First Amendment) to the National Road Traffic Regulations. The Government Gazette is No 38142 published on 31 October 2014.