Keep road safety first this Easter.
The Road Accident Fund (RAF) is appealing to all South
African road users to reflect on the seriousness of the physical, emotional,
financial and mental effects of car crashes this Easter.
Road accident statistics by the Road Traffic Management Corporation
indicate that 332 people perished over the Easter weekend in 2018. Pedestrian deaths were the highest, followed
by those of passengers, drivers and cyclists respectively.
Weekly the RAF sends out its deepest condolences to the
families, friends and colleagues of those who perish due to car crashes, and appeals
regularly to road users to #AlwaysRemember that road safety is a shared
responsibility for all concerned. Human factors remain the biggest cause of
most road accidents.
In the 2017/2018 financial year, 271,933 new claims were registered with the RAF and 203,493
where finalised. This is an increase of 35% in the number of newly registered
claims and an indication that some South African
road users disregard the call to contribute towards improving the economy and bettering
their lives, including that of their own communities.
As the caring arm of the government, we appeal to all road
users to collaborate with us in addressing the road accident scourge. Let us discuss
road safety with our loved ones and spread the word about the social and
economic impact of road accidents. Efforts of this nature will renew road
safety consciousness and contribute towards fewer car crashes and fatalities.
It is time to unite as a nation and confront
the emotional, financial, psychological, and physical cost of road accidents. Car
crashes destroy families, including the hopes and dreams of many. Let us think
about this while respecting the road.
Let us not meet by accident.
For more information about the RAF, kindly
visit the website on www.raf.co.za.
The public can also follow us on social media for more information: Twitter
(@RAF_SA), Facebook (@RoadAccidentFund) and Instagram (@raf_road).
Issued by Road Accident Fund Media and Public Relations Unit
Linda Rulashe: Senior Manager: Media
& Public Relations. Tel: (012) 621-1605.
Mobile: 083-386-3929. Email: LindaR@raf.co.za
Boniswa Matshoba: Marketing, PR and Reputation Management Specialist. Tel:
Mobile: 060-989-9757. Email: BoniswaM@raf.co.za
This post and content is written, provided and sponsored by the Road Accidents Fund (RAF).