Practise road safety and live

2015-11-11 06:00
CRASH: A bus and bakkie collided head-on in Kuruman last week, leaving two people dead. Photo: ER24

CRASH: A bus and bakkie collided head-on in Kuruman last week, leaving two people dead. Photo: ER24

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ER24 has urged motorists to be alert while driving on the national roads to avoid accidents.

Chitra Bodasing, ER24 spokesperson, said a number of people have either been injured or killed in collisions across several parts of the country in just over a week.

“We have attended to incidents that claimed the lives of at least 17 people. Just over 80 people sustained minor to critical injuries in these collisions,” explained Bodasing.

She said among the incidents had been one in Cape Town where three people had died and four others had been injured in a head-on collision, as well as an accident in Bloemfontein where a woman had sustained fatal injuries after she had lost control of the vehicle she had been driving.

“In another incident, three people were killed and a woman was injured in a collision in Gauteng. We also attended to an incident that claimed one life and 13 injuries after a taxi had rolled in KwaZulu-Natal,” said Bodasing.

She added that motorists should plan ahead, especially with the festive season approaching.

“If you are driving to your destination, remember to conduct a safety check on your vehicle prior to leaving. Check if any of the tyres need replacing and that wiper blades, headlights and signal lights are working,” concluded Bodasing

Her company’s emergency contact centre can be reached 24 hours a day on 084-124 for any medical emergency.

ER24’s tips:

) Ensure that your vehicle is roadworthy.

) Refrain from speeding.

) Be mindful of other road users.

) Do not drive while under the influence of liquor.

) Do not allow yourself to become distracted while driving.

) Keep a safe following distance.

) Do not become aggressive or resort to road rage.

) Refrain from skipping stop signs and red traffic lights. Be cautious when changing lanes.

) Avoid texting and driving and talking on your cellular phone while driving.

) If there are children in the vehicle, ensure that they are appropriately restrained.

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