BLUECOLLAR Occupation Health Services (BH) has joined hands with the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) in an attempt to make South African roads safer over the Easter holidays.
This comes following the concern by BH over the number of roads deaths happening over Easter holiday with an average of 200 road deaths reported yearly.
Easter is historically a time of year when many accidents happen and it is therefore imperative for every road user to be fully committed to road safety.
The BH manager Sibongile Mhlanga said the campaign is harnessing the power of communication in order to improve road safety awareness.
“Road safety campaign will focus on the creation of awareness on a number of key rest stops on the way to and from major holiday destinations. BH and transport department will have a strong presence at all of these stops.
“These will be used as bases from which they can operate on all of the major routes over the holiday period,” she said.
Mhlanga added: “As is the case every holiday season, BH will be out in full force making every effort to ensure that those on the roads, at home or at holiday destinations are receiving the emergency medical support they may need,” she said.
She said BH has 24-hour emergency services readily deployed should the public require it
“BH has a 24-hour emergency operations centre is ready to deploy the appropriate emergency medical response should holidaymakers require it. This includes road ambulances and rapid response vehicles, doctors, “she said.
She commended the cooperation between BH and the transport department in promoting road safety awareness.
RTMC was established in 1995 but commenced its operations in April 2005 with the aim of planning, regulating, and facilitating and law enforcement of road traffic matters in South Africa.
The corporation is tasked with the overall safety of our road users and to instill responsible road usage behavior.
Mhlanga urged other stakeholders and companies to work together on the road and safety campaign saying this has a strong impact.
“Motorists themselves also have an important role to play if we want to bring down the road accident rates on South African roads this Easter.
“Some individuals persist in speeding, drinking, and driving, and committing other offenses while on the roads,” she said.
She urged motorists to desist from drinking and driving saying most accidents are caused by motorists who are drunk.
“Drivers must make sure they get enough sleep before a journey, they must make sure they stay hydrated, check blind spots and roads signs and above all make sure you put sit belts before traveling,” she said.
Mhlanga advised all motorists to carry their personal information in case an accident happens the particulars may speak for them.
She further said BH would always be on high alert during this coming Easter Holiday season.
“While we hope that you will be safe and not need us, should you find yourself in the unfortunate situation that you do
“Be assured that our highly-trained emergency medical services personnel will be at your side. BH you a safe and happy Easter weekend, “she said.
Drive Safely This Easter
Here are some tips for traveling safely this Easter:
- If you have the choice, it is safer to drive in the daytime.
- Take as many breaks in between your travels as possible. Give yourself enough time and avoid traveling in a rush.
- Familiarize yourself with your vehicle, and check that it has an anti-locking breaking system (ABS).
- Do a proper five-point inspection of your vehicle before leaving home, it is said doing so reduces your risk of having an accident by 15%.
- Service your vehicle if it is due for a major service or any repairs.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages and heavy foods when driving long distances
- If you are taking any medication, make sure that it will not impair your driving ability
- Stop over somewhere for the night if your journey is going to take a number of hours
- If possible, drive with a companion and switch driving when you start to feel tired
- Talk with passengers to help you stay alert, although not to the extent that you become distracted