AfintaPart, a Midas Group-owned truck parts distributor that supplies genuine parts from OE and quality guaranteed replacement parts for light and medium commercial vehicles, has donated 150 booster car seats to the Wheel Well store in Brightwater Commons Shopping Centre, Randburg, highlighting the ever-increasing need for all spheres of civil society and business, regardless of size and influence, to do everything they can around road safety-related issues.

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(left to right) Peggie Mars, Director of Wheel Well; Wayne Lodder, Director of AfintaPart (Pty) Limited

Releasing road death statistics in January, shortly after the high-season festive period, Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters reported that 1,376 people were killed over the festive season alone, a staggering number when considering that South Africa’s road deaths rank twice as high as developed countries like North America and Australia.

“What many people don’t realise is that the economic cost of road fatalities over an extended period is far more of a burden than we care to think,” says Director of AfintaPart, Wayne Lodder. With the figure being an estimated R307-billion each year, this is the same if not marginally more than what Transnet has budgeted for its seven-year infrastructure development programme. Resultant life-long disabilities and the appropriate need for medical care after road accidents are factors that many do not realise must be accounted for.

Roads are purported to be the single biggest killer of young people over the age of 10 and locally three children under the age of 15 die each day on our roads. There is a critical need for booster car seats to be made available wherever possible. They have been scientifically proven to reduce the need for canadian pharmacies or hospitalisation by 60%, by holding children in position during a crash, which would otherwise see a passenger being thrown into the instrument panel, windscreen or other parts of a car.

“We are pleased to have played a role in making road trips safer, especially for children,” added Mr. Lodder.