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China’s smog problem results in massive traffic pileup!

The smog in China isn’t just a danger to people’s health for the obvious reasons. A massive pileup occurred yesterday as a result of the poor visibility.

The crash involving at least 33 vehicles, travelling on the Taichang Expressway in Tianjin left six dead, four hospitalised and more injured. China’s smog problem is a huge traffic safety issue, due to the poor visibility it causes. The problem is even worse around the major roadways, as this is where the highest levels of smog are found.

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Beijing issued a red-alert warning, ordering half of China’s capital to stay of the roads. The accident took place shortly after this, perhaps the warning should come in sooner!

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The major contributing factor to the smog problem in China, is the multitude of coal-burning power-plants. However, China have recently agreed to cut back on its reliance to coal and aims to generate 20% of its energy from clean and renewable sources, by 2030.

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The pileup accident took place about 145 km from the red-alert area issued by Beijing. The severity of the smog is expected to persist for the next few days at least and it seems that the whole of Northern China face these conditions.

Source: Jalopnik

Woman having a car accident

When a car rats you out for trying to attempt a hit and run…

Cathy Bernstein, a 57-year woman from Florida, really didn’t think this one through. She tried to leave the scene of an accident she caused clearly forgetting that her car had Ford Sync, a system that offers 911 Assist.

We have Ford Sync in South Africa but are yet to get the 911 Assist system. BMW has something similar with BMW’s ConnectedDrive and Intelligent Emergency Call where, if an airbag is deployed, the car automatically contacts the BMW call centre.

But back to Cathy. Police in Florida say that she hit a truck and then rear-ended a minivan before leaving the scene. Her Ford Focus, which was equipped with the 911 Assist system which uses a paired Bluetooth phone to contact 911 in the event of an accident, did exactly what it was designed to do.

Once the car had called 911 a dispatcher called Cathy to confirm:

Dispatcher: … your car called in saying you’ve been involved in an accident. It doesn’t do that for no reason. Did you leave the scene of an accident?

Bernstein: No, I would never do that.

But actually, she did just that! Too bad for her that her car was the one to give her away. She has since been arrested.

Source: Jalopnik

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Dad drives over his own son, doesn’t realise it

We can not imagine what this must feel like. Jamie Ellison, who is a father of four in England,  posted a Facebook status on Friday morning after his son, AJ, was hit by a car and seriously injured.

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People responded to his post:

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The police were called to investigate the scene and after the investigation it was determined that the boy had been hit in a private driveway by a “close family member”.

It was then that Ellison realised it was in fact him. He then posted this:

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The Gloucerstershire Echo posted a follow up story on the incident and Ellison left a comment expressing his remorse.

Yesterday morning, I put my two girls into the car ready for the school. AJ is at the window waving. I reverse out of my drive a minute later after seat belting my two daughters. I drop them at school at which time my girlfriend has alerted me that AJ has been hit by a vehicle.

Naturally, I get to the scene with police, ambulances, etc., and of course I’m assuming its a hit and run as I had no idea I reversed into my son on the blind side. My two daughters were also unaware he was there. A few hours later thanks to some amazing police men/women they found CCTV footage which showed that I hit my own son.

Could you imagine what I felt like then knowing I nearly killed my own son completely unaware that I was responsible? You really think I hit him on purpose to do a school run only to get in an ambulance with him 10 mins later? Think about that. Then I have to collect my other son and two daughters from school and inform them about their brother.

I hope it’s a chat you never have to go through. I can genuinely understand some opinions on here, but that’s all they are, opinions. Now you have FACTS of a horrible family tragedy. The little man is recovering well, and young enough to forget this day. It’s something that will never be etched from my mind. So please understand this is an accident.

He ended it with this plea:

“I don’t want bad things said about me or my family. We’re decent hard working parents, and trying to do our best. It’s a horrible tragedy,and no one is more sorry than I am as I look at cuts and bruises on my son. Constantly thinking what if…what if?”

AJ’s injuries were considered serious but not life threatening.

Source: BuzzFeed

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6 Things to do when involved in an accident!

“The chances of being in a car accident in South Africa are an ‘astonishing’ one in 101,”  says the Automobile Association of South Africa.

South Africa’s road accident statistics are incredibly high, making South Africa one of the most dangerous countries in the world to drive in. Make sure you know what to do if you’re ever involved in an accident.


1. Stay at the scene.

First of all, STOP! If you were in any way involved in the accident, by law you have to stop. So if you or your vehicle contributed in any way to the damaging of any property or people, you have to stay at the scene until authorities have gathered the required information from you.

2. Help anyone who has been hurt!

Next, help anyone who has been hurt – call the emergency services and/or SAPS. If you don’t know anything about first aid, be careful not to do anything to make any injuries worse! So apart from getting an individual out of immediate danger, it would probably be best to wait until someone who knows what they’re doing is there.

3. Get the details of everyone involved.

Get the details of all individuals involved in the accident, as well as any witnesses. These should include:

  • Full names
  • ID numbers
  • Addresses
  • Telephone details
  • Vehicle registration numbers

Apart from those involved, it would also be a good idea to get the details of:

  • The vehicles involved in the accident (general description)
  • The police and traffic officers at the scene
  • The ambulance personnel
  • Any tow truck drivers that moved any vehicles

4. Report the accident

If no one has been hurt, then the police do not have to be called to the scene of the accident. However, the accident still has to be reported to the police within 24 hours. It is an offence not to report an accident in which another person’s property has been damaged, or another person has been injured.

5. Don’t move anything until the police have said you can.

Do not interfere with the evidence! If anyone has been injured then none of the vehicles or any potential evidence can be moved until a police officer has given the OK.

6. Consequences

Be aware of the legal consequences. These include:

a criminal charge of driving recklessly
a criminal charge of driving negligently
a criminal charge of culpable homicide
a civil claim for damage to property
a civil claim for personal injury.

Take a look here for the physical effects that alcohol has on your body.

Source: www.westerncape.gov.za

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Accidents claim the lives of 10 on the roads of Gauteng this weekend!

According to IOL – the roads of Gauteng played host to a staggering amount of motor related accidents, over this past weekend.

10 individuals lost their lives and more sustained severe injuries, due to careless driving.

Police warn that load shedding may have been a factor in this unusually high occurrence of traffic accidents, due to dim lighting. They warn drivers to take extra care when driving during periods of load shedding.

Most of these accidents took place in the hours between late Saturday night and Sunday morning, resulting in:

  • A woman in her 30s losing her life as a result of an accident on the R59, while travelling towards Vereeniging.
  • Another person being killed and three more critically injured on the R51.
  • A driver losing control of the vehicle, causing it to veer off the road and explode in Northmead, Benoni. Two people killed as result.
  • A speeding Audi A3 claiming the life of a pedestrian as he tried to cross the road in Soweto.
  • A second man being knocked down as he crossed the road in Soweto. A metro police vehicle is believed to be involved.
  • The driver of a Toyota Corolla being killed as he collided with a Porsche on the N1 South in Buccleuch.
  • Four more losing their lives on the R59 at the Vaal River Bridge, as a result of a multi-vehicle accident – involving three minibus taxis, a truck and nine cars.

The Police urge drivers to take extra caution when the power is out and visibility is limited, as well as not to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs!

Source: IOL


If you think you don’t need to wear a seatbelt, you are a chop!

Large reductions in traffic fatalities would be possible if all vehicle occupants wore their seatbelts. This is the view of the Automobile Association, which was commenting on the implementation of South Africa’s first baby seat law.


“When the new law takes effect, car passengers under three years of age will be required to travel in an SABS-approved child seat,” the AA explained. “We welcome this change and call on the authorities to ensure that a wide education and enforcement campaign is launched to ensure that infants receive the protection the law provides.”

Global research has shown that wearing seatbelts reduces the chance of death or serious injury in crashes by up to 75%. A properly-worn seatbelt can prevent occupants from being ejected from a rolling vehicle – research has shown that survival rates are higher for occupants who remain inside the vehicle in rollovers. Seatbelts also increase the chances of occupants retaining consciousness after a crash, so they can free themselves from a vehicle which has caught fire or come to rest in a body of water.

“Another benefit of seatbelts is that they reduce the chance of injuries caused by a vehicle’s occupants colliding with each-other during crashes,” the AA said. “Although seatbelt wearing for front seat occupants has been mandatory since 1977, it was only in 1987 that all occupants in a vehicle were required to buckle up.” The Association commented that many vehicle occupants still did not wear their seatbelts when in the rear of the vehicle. This led to restrained front-seat occupants sustaining serious injuries when unrestrained rear passengers were flung against them during a crash.

“Some people portray seatbelt laws as a restriction of their freedom of choice which affects only themselves, but this is not an accurate view,” the AA said. “Apart from the risk that an unrestrained occupant poses to other people in the vehicle, unbelted drivers are less likely to be able to recover control of a vehicle after a minor collision, possibly exposing the vehicle to a far more serious crash,” the Association added.

The AA also reminded occupants that airbags are not a substitute for seatbelts and only function for a single deployment. “In a crash where a vehicle suffers further impacts after the airbags have already deployed, unbelted occupants will have no protection. They may survive the initial impact due to the airbags, yet be killed in a subsequent one,” the AA explained.

Seatbelt wearing rates in South Africa are currently below 60%, meaning that countless lives are being lost due to lack of occupant restraint in crashes. “Now that the government has recognised the importance of protecting infants in cars, it should be a priority for the traffic authorities to ensure that all other occupants obey the existing seatbelt laws and buckle up,” the Association concluded.