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Road Safety message for Easter holiday season 2018

Global perspective on road safety

In terms of Global status report on road safety 2015, total number of road traffic deaths has plateaued at 1.25 million per year, with the highest road traffic fatality rates in low-income countries. While there has been progress towards improving road safety legislation and in making vehicles safer, the report shows that the pace of change is too slow. Urgent action is needed to achieve the ambitious target for road safety reflected in the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: halving the global number of deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes by 2020. Most of the developing countries like South Africa have aligned their laws to international standard of best practice in dealing with risk factors on our roads.

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Road Safety message for Easter holiday season 2018

The Easter holiday season is time for people, families and friends to travel to various destinations for religion, fun, ledger time and to be with family. Due to increased traffic at this time, the Easter holidays can also a dangerous time for road users and pedestrians.

Global Road Safety Partnership South Africa urges drivers, pedestrians and other road users to consider the followings road safety tips:

Wear your seat belt

Always buckle up. Wearing your seat belt can reduce your risk of dying in a crash by about half. Also, make sure young passengers are buckled into appropriate safety seats.

Don't drink and drive

Drunk driving is a major contributory factor to road crashes and road deaths in South Africa and the rest of the world. In terms of the study conducted by Shell Global, driving whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol impairs judgment and increases the risk of crashes and road deaths. The best protection is prevention: Be drug free, be alcohol free, be safe.

Avoid Speeding

In terms of WHO Global report on road safety speeding is one of the risk factors that causes serious and fatal road crashes. During this Easter holidays drive with caution and under legal prescribed speed limit. Plan you your trips properly to avoid the rush and last minutes decisions. Be a role model to your children and your loved ones, don't speed! Avoid speeding tickets, possible crashes, criminal records, arrests or even death.

Motorcycle helmets

Motorcycle riders who do not wear a helmet run a much higher risk of sustaining any of these head and traumatic brain injuries, or a combination of them. Helmets create an additional layer for the head and thus protect the wearer from some of the more severe forms of traumatic brain injury. So always wear your helmet!

Child restraints

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for all children. Child restraints, or car seats, reduce the risk of injury by 71% to 82% and reduce the risk of death by 28% in comparison to children in seat belts alone.

All vehicle occupants need to be properly restrained by seat belts or child safety seats to prevent injury in case of a sudden stop, swerve or crash. Seat belts and car seats contact the strongest parts of the body, spread crash forces over a wide area, help slow down the body and protect the brain and spinal. The Minister of Transport has introduce. As of the 1 May 2015, a new regulation to the National Road Traffic Act in South Africa was introduced whereby all children under three-years-old will have to be strapped into a car seat when traveling in a car. Always restraint all passengers especially children every time.

Distracted driving

Anything that takes your attention away from driving can be a distraction. Sending a text message, talking on a cell phone, using a navigation system, and eating while driving are a few examples of distracted driving. Any of these distractions can endanger the driver and others. Texting while driving is especially dangerous because it combines all three types of distraction. Sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds, long enough to cover a football field. So, drive carefully and avoid using a cellphone.

Carry an Emergency Kit

Always be prepared. The kit should include items that would come in handy if you are stranded on the side of the road or involved in a car crash

Pull off the Road if You Feel Tired

Regular and adequate rest breaks during a long driving journey is of fundamental importance to avoid driver fatigue.

 

ZA Emergency Numbers :

Police Flying Squad: 10111

Ambulance: 10177

Crime Stop: 08600 10111

Cellphone Emergency: 112 (MTN, Vodacom and Cell C)

ER24: 084 124

Netcare: 082 911

Global Road Safety Partnership South Africa

C: +27 83 4133 084 | 072 050 2103 F: +2786 267 1517 | Address: BP Head Office, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town 8001 Reg.no 2003/025693/08

W: www.grsp.org.za

 

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