Arrive Alive: SA's road safety website
ArriveAlive.co.za was started by one man in 2003 who was determined to make a
Johan Jonck, an attorney who is based in the Free State, started ArriveAlive.co.za
own capacity 10 years ago, after losing his mother and a friend in separate car
Jonck's vision for the site is "to develop an effective road safety information portal
that will enhance awareness of road safety and save lives". He says the site is "a
personal commitment towards creating road safety awareness in memory of my mom
who died in a road traffic crash on the 3rd of December 1972".
The site complements the government's Arrive Alive campaign, and was endorsed by
the Department of Transport in 2007. It is funded
entirely by the private sector.
- Arrive Alive
- Mobile site: www.arrivealive.mobi
- Blog: www.roadsafety.co.za
- The Department of Transport
The Department of Transport launched the Arrive Alive campaign in 1997, after a
South African delegation visited Australia to investigate road safety best practice in
Today, the Arrive Alive campaigns are an important part of the Department of
Transport's road traffic safety projects.
ArriveAlive.co.za aims to supplement and support the work done by the government
and covers road safety-related topics ranging from vehicle and driver fitness, drunken
driving, aggressive driving, drowsiness and speeding to and the safety of other roads
users, including pedestrians and cyclists.
South African motorists can also contribute to a growing pool of information – on
conditions, on bad drivers – aimed at increasing awareness of road
safety and reducing the number of deaths on the country's roads.
Users can find out what to do in case of an emergency or accident – and visitors to
South Africa will also find the site useful, with easy to find information on trip
planning and hiring a car in South Africa.
Reporting bad driving
You can report bad drivers, unsafe vehicles and reckless and negligent driver
behaviour, as well as fraud and corruption issues related to the traffic sphere by
calling the national traffic call centre.
- Report bad driving and road
conditions: 0861 400 800
South Africans can register via the website as "voluntary traffic observers", and make
online submissions on bad driving. These registrations and reports are delivered
directly to the Department of Transport's national traffic call centre.
"When the same people appear regularly [in reports on bad driving], the
documentation can be provided to the prosecuting authority for analysis and
investigation for possible legal action," Jonck told ITWeb.
"The reports on bad driving from the website show there is a lot of goodwill among
the public, and the need to make a contribution."
Reporting hazardous road conditions
Road users can also report on road conditions such as potholes,
missing traffic signs
and flooding via the website.
These reports are delivered via email to the Department of Transport's call centre,
which relays the information to departments of roads, public works and transport
"We need to use all technology available, and it makes sense that it is much easier to
report hazardous road conditions once at the office or at home than having to contact
a call centre while driving," Jonck said.
Road users are encouraged to “ask the experts” via the website on technical topics.
These experts provide specialised knowledge to members of the public on licensing,
testing, enforcement, road freight, legislation and safe driving and the answers are
added to the website as well as the blog.
Jonck says that it's important that the road safety message reaches an audience
beyond those with access to the internet. To this end, the site makes information
easily available to information providers, such as newspapers, magazines and
publishers of school textbooks.
"The internet can be used effectively to create an information portal for the wider
distribution of road safety messages and creation of awareness of road safety," says