We cannot drive while on “autopilot” while doing other things such as using our cellphones, applying make-up or eating. Our article in Servamus: April 2021 explains why it is dangerous to multi-task while driving.
Do you agree that having more roadworthy vehicles on our roads will contribute to road safety and less crashes? If you don’t, read our Community Safety Tips in Servamus: April 2021 where we explain why we believe it would.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
They are all over our roads, they stop wherever they want to, ignore red traffic lights and are motorists’ worst nightmare. Drivers of minibus taxis are often described as being unlawful, aggressive and dangerous drivers. And yet, millions of South African commuters often have no choice but to put their lives in the hands of these taxi drivers each day.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Desperate to get the Umgeni Municipality’s attention to fix the dangerous potholes on the roads in the Howick area in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, residents participated in a tongue-in-cheek pothole fishing competition at the end of February 2021. This “competition” was hosted to voice their concerns about the collapsing road infrastructure along the Curry’s Post Road, a busy tourist road in the area (Govender, 2021). Although this was meant as a mockery of the municipality’s seeming inability to fix the potholes in the area, potholes across South Africa’s ageing road infrastructure are a big concern. They not only damage vehicles but also cost road users their lives.
Compiled by Kotie Geldenhuys
Selected photos from Centrum Guardian Project
Road crash scenes do not make for a picture to remember. In fact, they often make for the worst of scenes when people, covered in blood are lying on the tar road, while others are still trapped in a vehicle screaming for help. Too often these crashes are so severe that the victims have been mutilated beyond recognition. Imagine trying to help the survivors, while their family is hysterically begging the first responders to save their own and their loved ones’ lives. Imagine having to tell a parent that there was nothing that could be done to save their child and witnessing families mourning someone they loved. These are the realities which traffic law enforcement officers, police officials, paramedics and members of the fire brigade who respond to road crash scenes have to deal with regularly.
By Annalise Kempen
It is not unusual to hear or read about a serious or fatal vehicle crash where one of the drivers was under the influence of alcohol. It therefore comes as no surprise that authorities want to amend legislation to allow for a zero tolerance against alcohol for drivers. The question is whether this would be the solution to decrease the high level of serious and fatal crashes on South African roads or whether motorists will still be willing to take their chances, while hoping that they will not be stopped and tested by the authorities.