N12 Crash Aftermath: spotlight on road safety

While the irony of one of Johannesburg's biggest multi-car and truck accidents happening during Transport Month cannot be overlooked, the next practical step is to assess what could be done to prevent events of this magnitude in future.

In the initial aftermath, trauma counselling is a priority for victims that exist with the memory of the day's horrific events. John Robbie heard from a trauma counsellor Kathy who had arrived to treat victims on scene:

I was on scene, helping the first respondents and sending out water. It was hectic, very hectic and shocking to see so many vehicles like that. We get debriefed regularly (as trauma counsellors), but there are certain things that stick with you and it does take a while to get over it.

Another practical consideration - and one directed towards truck operators in particular - is that of frequent, rigorous roadworthy tests of trucks. FleetWatch Editor, Patrick O' Leary:

The trucks out there are not being well maintained. I did go and have a look at that truck yesterday and if that truck had gone over a brake roller test before, that truck would have been failed and discontinued. And based on testing we've done on trucks, we're still getting a 70% failure rate in those exercises, with over 530 trucks - which is bigger than a sample, it's quite representative - we've failed 70%, that's over 300-and-something trucks that we've failed

Various sectors of society have also considered targeted road safety campaigns, such as the 702 and Rehana Moosajee Consulting initiative for primary school learners.

The endeavor seeks 20 Grade 7 learners (at 5 learners per participating school), from diverse backgrounds to take part in a session at 702 where they will learn about road safety and receive training. They will then, in conjunction with the JMPD, monitor traffic intersections in the Sandton CBD. Participate in this initiative by going here.

The unfortunate taxi-linked shoot out in Midrand last Thursday was also not too far off in the minds of 702 Land.

The Alexandra Taxi Association was cited amongst those responsible for the shooting, which saw two women get caught in the crossfire. Spokesperson Floyd Ndlovu blames the emergence of an illegal rank for the tensions:

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