Driving Lessons To Become A School Subject
Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters will implement compulsory driving lessons for highschoolers in a bid to stop deaths on the road.
Published: Thursday, January 26th 2017
In a bid to combat the worrying number of deaths on SA roads, Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters, will pilot a simulator programme for driving lessons into the 2017/2018 school year.
Peters announced at the Soshanguve East Secondary School last week that she would be working with the Department of Basic Education to include driving lessons into the high school curriculum in South Africa.
“We also have a partnership with the department of basic education to ensure the inclusion of road safety in the curriculum and the training of teachers. This, essentially, entails different aspects of road safety awareness, which are intended to adequately skill new drivers,” Peters added.
The Graduated Driving Licence Framework
The Department of Transport is in the process of finalising the Graduated Driving Licence framework.
“I have no doubt that road safety education that starts at an early age should be one of the core focus areas in assisting us to turn the tide as far as road deaths are concerned. Formal education and training will remain important. But, we must also broaden our minds and find ways to include road safety messages into the wider curriculum. Into mathematics and science, geography, and civic education,” Peters said.
In addition to a driving program, the Department of Transport and Department of Basic Education are also looking to deploy blood analysts, district surgeons, registered nurses, or medical officers during law enforcement operations in order for onsite specimen analysis of an arrested driver’s blood.
“The analysis will enable an expert to ascertain the presence and estimated quantity of alcohol in the person’s blood at the time of the examination,” Peters said.
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