Automobile Association and Essilor announce collaboration to promote road safety through good vision

Identifying uncorrected poor vision as a key road safety challenge, Essilor, the world leader in ophthalmic optics, and the Automobile Association (AA) have joined forces to launch a series of initiatives to improve road safety by improving road users’ vision.

During the FIA World Conference, held from 29 April to 3 May 2019 at Sun City, The Automobile Association of South Africa, a member of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), and Essilor, agreed to a partner in South Africa on a series of awareness-raising campaigns under the banner”Road Safety starts with good vision”.

The purpose of this is to make drivers aware that good vision – closely linked to reaction time – is essential for taking the right decisions on the road, making it necessary to check their eyesight regularly with eye care professionals and to protect against glare day and night (sun, lights and public lighting).

“Uncorrected poor vision poses a major…

Open letter to new Minister of Transport from the AA

Congratulations on your appointment to a key Ministry in the South African government. You become the eighth minister of this department since 1994, and we pledge our support to you, as we have done with Mr Maharaj in 1994, Dr Nzimande last year, and all the other Ministers and Deputy Ministers in between.

Yours is not an easy task. But we know you fear nothing. Through this open letter we want to highlight five critical areas we believe need your attention.

Road Safety

Road safety remains one of the biggest problems facing our transport system. In 2010 the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) reported that the number of fatalities on our roads was 13,967. In 2017 it was 14,050. Last year this figure dipped to 12,921. The fact is that even with the modest reported declines last year road deaths have averaged around 13,500 per annum for 10 years. That’s 135,000 people who have died on our roads in this period.

This is a national crisis that requires massive attention,…

One person has died and three were injured when their bakkie hit a cow outside Donnybrook

A woman believed to be in her early 20s has died and three others have sustained minor to moderate injuries after their bakkie collided with a cow and rolled down an embankment on the R612 outside Donnybrook in the KZN Midlands late this afternoon.

ER24 paramedics arrived at 16:45 to find the local provincial emergency services on the scene. They had already assessed and declared the young woman dead on arrival. Two other females in their early 20s were found to have suffered moderate injuries and a male in his late 20s minor injuries. All three were treated before we transported one female patient to Mediclinic Howick and the provincial EMS team transported the other two to St Apollinaris hospital for further care. The cow was also unfortunately killed in the incident.

SAPS were on the scene for further investigation….

A Young man is critical following a car crash in Meyerton

A 29-year-old man sustained critical injuries when his vehicle crashed into a tree and a wall along Springbok Road in Meyerton this morning.

Shortly after 7 am, paramedics from ER24 and Midvaal Fire arrived on the scene where they found the man still trapped inside of the vehicle. The Midvaal Fire Department had to use rescue tools to free him from the wreckage. Upon assessment, paramedics found that he had sustained critical injuries and was placed on life support. He was later rushed to Sebokeng Hospital for further care.

The exact circumstances surrounding the collision is not yet known. Local authorities attended the scene….

A Motorbike driver was killed in a collision in Welkom

A male motorbike driver, believed to be in his 40s, sustained fatal injuries following a collision with a vehicle on Stateway road in Welkom this afternoon.

When ER24 paramedics arrived at the scene shortly after 15H00, they found the motorbike driver lying next to the vehicle. He was found to be in a critical condition and advanced life support interventions were immediately initiated. Unfortunately, the man succumbed to his injuries shortly thereafter and was declared dead at the scene by paramedics.

The exact circumstances surrounding the incident weren’t known to our paramedics, but local authorities were on the scene for investigations….

Loadshedding blamed for a crash on Molope Road in Randburg

Gauteng: At 05H40 Tuesday morning Netcare 911 responded to reports of a collision on Molope Road in Randparkrif Ext 41, Randburg.

Reports from the scene indicate that two light motor vehicles were involved in a collision as the traffic lights went out allegedly due to loadshedding.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported….

Two women were trapped in their vehicle when it crashed into a home in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal

Two people were trapped in a Mercedes Benz after it crashed into a home next to the Metro Police Offices on Wick Street in the Verulam CBD a short while ago (Tuesday).

At approximately 12:37 members of Reaction Unit South Africa was called out to the scene by the public who heard the crash. Upon arrival Firefighters from the Ethekwini Fire & Rescue Services were in the process of removing the trapped women.

With the use of pneumatic tools, the passenger door was opened and one of the women was freed. The 68-year-old driver sustained head and spinal injuries. She was extricated from the vehicle by Medics and Fireman before being transported to Umhlanga Hospital.

According to the driver, she was approaching her home when she felt dizzy & weak. Instead of turning into her driveway she suddenly accelerated towards her home. The vehicle plowed through a wooden barrier before it crashed into the home which is a few meters below road level.

The passenger was not injured in…

Curbing Distracted Driving Will Save Many Lives

According to Road Traffic Management (2018), approximately 1 million road accidents are reported every year. A lot of these accidents are caused by drunk driving, texting and driving, and speeding. It follows that road safety should be a major concern for the country and should, in fact, be one of our top priorities. All road users in South Africa deserve extreme safety measures to ensure that their safety does not continue to be at stake.

As Easter holidays draw nearer, many South Africans will be travelling on the road to their respective holiday destinations. This is one of the peak accident seasons as there are more drivers on the road at any given time, generally driving long distances to family homes, church gatherings, and other holiday destinations.

This Easter, the Road Accident Fund appeal to road users to #AlwaysRemember to be conscious of all other road users, and to be mindful of the fact that you are not the only one travelling to see loved ones. In the unfortunate event…

At least six people have died in Durban mudslides

KwaZulu-Natal: At 08H10 Tuesday morning Netcare 911 responded to reports of a structural collapse in the KwaNdangezi near Marion Ridge West of Durban.

Resources were dispatched however due to the rough terrain and damaged roads access to the scene was limited.

The Netcare 911 specialised Rescue Unit was sent in, when the technician arrived on scene he found that an entire house had been destroyed by a mudslide, leaving only mud and rubble visible.

Together with the eThekwini fire and Rescue services and NSRI a search for survivors was initiated.

Tragically during the search, a 7-month-old child and a 9-year-old child were found deceased.

While paramedics were on scene they received multiple calls for assistance from residents in the area pleading for help as the ground beneath their houses had been washed away and the houses were about to collapse.

When rescue personnel arrived on the scene the houses had already collapsed.

In total eight houses had been completely…

Man viciously attacked by six dogs at a residence in Poortview, West of Johannesburg

A man, believed to be in his late 30s, was left critically injured this afternoon when he was attacked by six dogs at a residence in Poortview, west of Johannesburg.

ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene at approximately 12h00 to find several security members on the scene.

On closer inspection paramedics found that a man, believed to be in his late 30s, was lying inside the garden area. Unfortunately, paramedics were unable to gain access to the patient.

Local authorities and the SPCA were called to the scene for further assistance. Once the dogs had been moved, authorities were able to retrieve the patient and bring him to the awaiting paramedics.

Assessments showed that the man had sustained numerous bite wounds and showed no signs of life.

Paramedics immediately initiated CPR and advanced life support interventions, in an effort to revive the patient. Fortunately, after a few short minutes, the patient’s vital signs returned.

Once stable, the man was transported…