Keep kids safe on our roads

11 May 2018 | Accidents

The Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) has appealed to motorists, parents, guardians and the community at large to keep children safe from all traffic-related injuries and fatalities during the school holidays.

MVA acting chief corporate affairs, Sidney Boois, said in a statement that motor vehicle crashes are amongst the leading causes of injuries and fatalities of children between the ages of 0 and 15. “The high road safety risks faced by children is worse at night, before and after school hours, during weekends, holidays and school holidays, because children are more likely to play outside in the streets,” he said.

Year-to-date crash statistics recorded by the fund from 1 January to 31 March 2018, indicate that children between the age of 0 and 15 accounted for 16% of total fatalities, while those between the age of 16 and 35 accounted for 57%.

Boois said that as imperative as it is for motorists to act in a certain manner to evade preventable injuries and fatalities, it is also the responsibility of parents or guardians to ensure that children remain safe on the roads. “Never let your child go near a road unattended or play on the road. Be extra vigilant and always ensure that children are properly secured in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt every time you drive.”

He called on motorists to play their part in the #SlowDownAndSaveLives campaign by driving safely in residential neighbourhoods or other areas where children might be present such as playgrounds and shopping centres, whilst being wary of children's unpredictable nature. – Nampa

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