Are You Ready For The Road?

Date Added 15.01.20

In January 2017 Dr Jasjot Singhota, 30, was on her way to work at St Thomas’ Hospital in Lambeth, as she crossed the road on a pedestrian crossing on Tulse Hill she was struck by a Ford Fiesta. The driver of the car had set off earlier without defrosting the windscreen.

Jasjot suffered a traumatic brain injury and died the next day.

The driver claimed that because his windscreen was covered in frost he could not see Jasjot on the crossing.

Had he have just taken the two minutes or less to make sure that the glass areas of the car were clear of frost then Jasjot may be alive today.

It takes less than a few minutes to clear a car or van window and yet some people make a conscious decision not to do it.

It may be reckless bravado or the thought of “it’ll never happen to me” but if it does happen the consequences can be tragic, as proven in Jasjot’s death.

No one should have to go through the pain of loss and grief, and certainly not because of such a simple omission.

Jasjot’s family have teamed up with the Metropolitan Police’s Command for Roads and Transport Policing and are campaigning to make motorists think twice before starting their journeys. More details of the campaign can be found by here or on twitter under #readyfortheroad

Jasjot’s sister Neha Santasolo has a clear message. “People won’t drive with their eyes closed so why do it when you can’t see out of the windscreen?”

Jasjot’s death continues to impact the family’s lives every single day

Jasjot had dedicated her life to helping others. Before working at St Thomas’ Hospital in Lambeth she had volunteered in children’s hospitals in New Zealand.

Even after her death, she saved five lives through organ donation.

The Royal College of Anaesthetists have set up a bursary in her memory.

Are You Ready For The Road?

With the cold weather upon us it will not be long before we have to reach for the de-icer spray or the ice scraper before turning a wheel and so please make sure that you have cleared your windows and windscreen before setting off.

Please spread the word, share the hashtag #readyfortheroad and think before you drive.

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