By Felix Tjozongoro
In the wake of 16 deaths recorded over the last month alone, Woema would like to share the following road traffic law requirements regarding road accidents.
If you are involved in an accident in which any person is killed or injured or suffers damage in respect of any property or animal, you shall –
- immediately stop the vehicle;
- find out the nature and extent of any injury sustained by any person;
- render such assistance to any injured person as you may be capable of rendering;
- ascertain the nature and extent of any damage sustained; 5. provide your particulars to anyone with good grounds for wanting them, such as name and address and vehicle ownership.
- report the accident within 24 hours after the occurrence thereof at any police station or at the office of a traffic officer, and there produce your driver’s licence and furnish your identity number and any other the information required
- except on the instructions of, or when administered by, a medical practitioner, you shall not take any intoxicating liquor or drug having a narcotic effect
- a vehicle which is involved in an accident in which any person is killed or injured shall not be removed by any person from the position in which it came to rest, except if such removal is authorised by a traffic officer, but, if the accident causes a complete obstruction of the road, such vehicle may without such authorisation be moved sufficiently to allow the passage of traffic, providing the person moving the vehicle ensures that the stationary position thereof is first clearly marked on the surface of the road before it is moved.