9 November 2022, Durban, South Africa – In the framework of the 14th Annual Road Safety Summit in Durban, South Africa taking place on 9 – 10 November, UNITAR and CIFAL Durban presented its Autosobriety Training Programme to government officials, businesses, and road safety stakeholders from South Africa.
It is estimated that alcohol use is involved in 27% of fatal crashes in South Africa, resulting in close to 3,000 deaths involving alcohol in 2021. Last year, UNITAR and CIFAL Durban with the support of the eThekwini Municipality launched its first training pilot of the Autosobriety Training Programme in the Durban metropolitan area.
Building up from the original implementation that took place in 2021 in the eThekwini Municipality targeting driving schools, CIFAL Durban will continue the rollout of the Autosobriety Training Programme across driving schools to reach an important number of drivers in the Municipality, and in the hope that this also serves as a tool for other municipalities who wish to implement it as well.
During the event, national and regional stakeholders and participants were also handed over the Autosobriety Training Booklet which includes:
- Statistics and the impact of drinking and driving on people's lives in South Africa
- Legal frameworks around drinking and driving within the country
- Different ways to prevent drinking and driving
- Effects of alcohol on driving performance
The 14th Annual Road Safety Summit & Expo in Durban, South Africa taking place on 9 – 10 November, bringing together government officials, businesses, and road safety stakeholders from South Africa to discuss infrastructure and road safety, assess the impact of Alcohol Evidence Centers and the use of Evidentiary Breath Alco-Test machines, as well education and training in road safety.