With just 16 days to go before Easter Sunday, the AA would like to remind motorists travelling on the roads to take extra care. This year marks the launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety in May, with the aim of reducing fatalities by 50% in the next ten years. December 2010 saw just over 1000 killed on our roads, with a total of 13 500 people being killed in 2009. This would mean a dramatic reduction of almost 6000 people, and it starts with Easter 2011.
The golden rules to remember are straightforward, and while they may seem simplistic – they are the basis of ensuring safety on our roads and need to be ingrained in every decision we make on the roads as responsible motorists.
The rest is common sense – if you are travelling long distances, make sure you are well rested and if you are tired, stop and rest. It’s also a great idea to make sure you have a fully stocked safety kit, warning triangle, blankets and water in the event that your journey is interrupted.
“RTMC data shows that the most dangerous time to be on our roads is over weekends, and Easter is no exception. A large number of crashes have been known to fall on the Thursday before the Easter weekend begins with people driving at night to get to their holiday destinations. Many of our roads are under construction or in a state of disrepair, and it is advisable to drive during the day where visibility is not a further hindrance to safety,” says the AA.
Automobile Association of South Africa (AA)
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