Safety first

The festive season is upon us and many shareholders are standing together to reduce road accidents this year.

03 December 2018 | Accidents

The Private Sector Road Safety Forum (PSRSF) earlier this week said that the most vulnerable people on Namibian roads, are child pedestrians who face grave risks walking to and from school every day. In this vein, an agreement to reduce speed around schools – from 40km/h to 30km/h – was signed in an effort to reduce the risk of death and serious injury to young pedestrians.

The initiative to reduce the speed limit is a collaboration between Fed-Ex, the international road safety NGO Amend, and the PSRSF after permission was obtained from the City of Windhoek.

This initiative will first be implemented at ten schools around the city.

On all fronts

In other news, the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) recently launched the festive season road safety campaign. The focus areas of this campaign are in three key areas, namely law enforcement, road safety education and emergency response. The overall aim is to reduce road traffic crashes, as well as to reduce fatalities and injuries.

The seasonal intervention is undertaken as a multi-stakeholder effort. It has been ongoing since August this year, when the NRSC started with the law enforcement campaign on the B1 and B2 highways.

The good news, in spite of the horror of it, is that motor vehicle accidents have reduced this year, with a recorded 3 437 accidents between January 2017 and 4 November 2017, in comparison to the 3 115 crashes recorded over the same period this year.

According to the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVAF), 654 people lost their lives on Namibian roads last year until November, compared to the 449 people who have died this year.

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