JIS News

Chief Executive Officer of the Toll Authority, Joan Fletcher has warned motorists that faulty tyres and high speed could result in blowouts and lead to serious accidents.
She was speaking against the background of recent accidents on Highway 2000 and has urged motorists to take the necessary precautions in order to safeguard their lives.
In an interview with JIS News, Mrs. Fletcher, said that while excessive speeding accounted for a number of accidents on the highway, 30 per cent of the accidents were attributable to faulty tyres.
In this regard, she said that it was important for motorists to not only ensure that they stayed within the speed limit, but also ensure that their tyres were in good condition prior to driving on the highway.
“A number of the accidents that have occurred particularly in recent times are as a result of tyres blowing out,” she noted, “and because you are driving at a higher speed than normal, you need to ensure that your tyres are in good working condition,” she emphasized.
Mrs. Fletcher also said that every motorist should be equipped with a tyre gauge as this would allow them to easily and accurately check the state of their tyres.
On testing, she noted, once the reading showed that the quality of a tyre was below 1.66 millimetres, in terms of its tread depth, then the tyre should be changed. “When you have faulty tyres and go at a high speed, you are going to have blow outs and you are going to be in trouble,” she warned.
On the issue of speeding, Mrs. Fletcher said that it was critical for motorists to stay within the specified speed limit of 110 km per hour, as failure to do so could result in prosecution and in worse case scenarios, death.
“Drive at a steady speed at which you and the vehicle can handle and ensure that you keep a safe distance from the vehicle that is in front and what is recommended is a distance of two car lengths,” she informed.
Citing other safety tips, Mrs. Fletcher said that persons should not drive if they are tired or ill, as they will not be as alert as they should, and this she said, could result in accidents.
“If you are drowsy don’t drive as you can fall asleep especially when you are going at that high speed and when you have other vehicles coming at high speeds as well. You can imagine what can happen,” she stated.
In the meanwhile, Mrs. Fletcher advised that motorists should only stop on the highway in the case of emergencies, such as tiredness, mechanical difficulties, including a wobbling tyre and if there was an accident. In this regard, motorists she said should pull over to the hard shoulder of the highway, which falls to the left of the road.
She also pointed out that if a motorist witnessed an accident he or she should not stop at the scene (unless a telephone booth is there), but should instead seek help for the victims by contacting the toll road patrol service at the nearest phone booth, which is located on the highway.

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