INCREASED LOSS OF LIVES IN FIRST WEEKEND IN DECEMBER
The first weekend of December was marred with road crash fatalities with the death of 22 persons in 31 crashes that rendered 38 persons with varying degrees of injury. Crashes recorded between Friday, 01 December 2017 and Sunday, 03 December 2017, represent 54% of total crashes during the week of 27 November 2017 to 03 December 2017 while fatalities represent 96% of total fatalities recorded.
During the weekend under review, an overwhelming number of crashes were as a result of collisions and roll-overs. Collisions recorded seven (7) injuries and 12 fatalities while roll-overs recorded 15 injuries and nine (9) fatalities. These figures point to the inability of motorists to control their vehicles owing to inadequate driver fitness, with attributes such as fatigue, speed, driving under the influence, inconsiderate and aggressive driving and dangerous overtaking being associated with collisions or roll-over crashes. The MVA Fund therefore encourages all drivers to desist from exhibiting risky behaviour and be mindful of not just their own safety but that of other road users. All road users are further urged to anticipate road risks by exercising the highest level of tolerance, patience, willingness to share the road as well as to adhere to all road signs and regulations.
The Fund conveys its heartfelt condolences to the families, friends, colleagues and community members of those that perished in road crashes and wish all the injured a speedy recovery.
We assure the families of the deceased of our support during this difficult time, and request such families to contact the nearest MVA Fund Service Centre for relevant claims such as the funeral grant and loss of support for the dependents of the deceased, as well as loss of income, injury grant and medical expenses for the injured.
The MVA Fund once again reminds the public to report crashes to the MVA Fund Accident Response Number 081 9682, as doing so can save a life, and to follow us on Facebook or Twitter for road safety tips.