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26 April 2011

Easter road death toll tops 150

At least 151 people died in road accidents over the Easter weekend, according to preliminary figures released by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) on Tuesday.

At least 151 people died in road accidents over the Easter weekend, according to preliminary figures released by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) on Tuesday.

In the North West, five people were killed in different car crashes.

  • Have a good night's rest before a long trip - at least 8 hours for adults and 8.5 to 9.25 hours for teenagers.
  • On long trips, take along a passenger who stays awake talking to the driver.
  • Schedule regular stops - every two hours.
  • Avoid alcohol or medications that may impair you.
  • Recognise signs of fatigue - drifting from your lane, hitting strips, repeated yawning, trouble keeping your eyes open, or missing road signs.
  • If you are tired, pull into a rest area and sleep for 15 to 45 minutes.
  • Drink coffee - but remember it takes about 30 minutes for the caffeine to enter into your bloodstream.
  • Make sure your car (tyres and brakes included) is in a sound mechanical condition.
  • Minimise your night-time travelling – between 02h00 and 06h00 you are most likely to have an accident.
  • Stick to the traffic rules and the speed limits – remember speed kills.
  • Be patient in the traffic – better late than never.

 
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