A new National Critical Response Team aim to assist in curtailing the number of road accidents involving cyclists and drunk drivers on South African roads.
According to a statement released today, the Pedal Power Association are calling on volunteers such as nurses and paramedics to help the police with blood content tests at accident scenes and pathologists and laboratories to process blood samples as quickly as possible.
Due to the two-hour window to conduct blood alcohol content tests, volunteers would need to have the necessary equipment at their disposal and be able to respond timeously.
By being proactive in gathering and processing evidence, the association believe drivers who are breaking the law and causing death or serious injuries would be brought to justice.
Another element would be to provide legal assistance to cyclists involved in such incidents.
In recent news, a memorial ride will take place to honour Lance Botha who died after a vehicle collided with his cycling group while out training, and in another incident former national road champion Lynette Burger suffered a near-fatal collision with a minibus taxi.