n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Combating road traffic crime : the need for establishing a valid National Road Traffic Safety Databank (NRTSD) in South Africa
|Article Title||Combating road traffic crime : the need for establishing a valid National Road Traffic Safety Databank (NRTSD) in South Africa|
|© Publisher:||Criminological and Victimological Society of Southern Africa (CRIMSA)|
|Journal||Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology|
|Affiliations||1 Tshwane University of Technology, 2 Tshwane University of Technology and 3 Tshwane University of Technology|
|Publication Date||Jan 2015|
|Pages||133 - 150|
|Issue||Special Edition 4|
|Keyword(s)||Road management, Road traffic crashes/accidents, Road traffic safety databank, South Africa and Traffic data|
This article focuses on the quantitative and qualitative findings of an investigation into the need for a scientifically accountable National Road Traffic Safety Databank (NRTSD) in South Africa. The specific objectives of the investigation were: To assess the characteristics of data and data-gathering systems on road traffic crashes in South Africa; needs in this respect and in particular a need for establishing a NRTSD;, as well as the contribution large independent structure, such as the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) could make, if any, towards establishing adequate road traffic safety database in South Africa. The study assumed that road traffic crashes were preventable and took a systems perspective of road traffic safety. It used a mixed methods research design. The findings underlined that road traffic safety were hampered by a deficient database and data-gathering processes in South Africa; and that South African road traffic safety agencies were agreeable to rectifying the deficiencies by gathering and integrating verified road traffic safety data into a comprehensive databank, and using an independent organisation such as the CSIR to do so.
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