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Street vendors work between vehicles stuck in traffic in Tema, Ghana.

23 October 2017
SDGs
Some 650 people are killed each day in road accidents throughout Africa, a senior United Nations official today said, calling for more to be done to keep drivers – as well as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists – safe.
“There is projected increase in urbanization, motorization, infrastructure development projects and vehicle ownership in the region over the coming decades. Road traffic fatalities and injuries will continue to take a rising toll on countries if no significant changes are made,” warned the Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, addressing the 2017 Africa Road Safety Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.
To change this trend, Mr. Todt urged participating governments to implement the Global Plan for the Decade of Action and the African Road Safety Action Plan, which focuses on safer roads, vehicles and road users. It also details improved post-crash care and stronger road safety governance, including the enforcement of strong legislation.
He also called for implementing basic laws not obeyed in some countries, such as using seat belts and helmets, child safety seats, and prohibiting drunk drivers.
“As much as strong legislation is important, a national vision and leadership are essential to lasting improvements in road safety,” he said, also citing opportunities to place road safety higher on global and national agendas.
The third area which could lead to reduced road traffic fatalities is to place more resources in collecting data, which can then lead to the development of strategies, monitor needs and assess impact.
“At the very basic level – within how many days after a crash can a death be classified as a road traffic fatality? Can we as a global community come to an agreement on data issues like these,” Mr. Todt said.
He added that reliable data is also urgently needed to achieve the Decade of Action for Road Safety, which runs through 2019, and the Sustainable Development Goals, which include a target calling for road fatalities and injuries to be halved by 2020, and another target related to safe and affordable access to sustainable transport systems for all by 2030.
“The continent suffers from the highest road traffic fatality rate than any other region – despite having less than five per cent of the world’s registered vehicles,” Mr. Todt said, noting the particular importance that improving road safety has in changing the lives of Africans.
He noted that 90 per cent of people and goods on the African continent are moved by road, adding that road crashes “can strip a country from realizing their true development potential.”https://news.un.org/en/story/2017/10/569092-road-accidents-africa-among-deadliest-worldwide-un-official-says-urging-more

 

 

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Third World countries have no regulated driving schools, no trained driving instructors, the roads are not well furnished and signed. The adrenaline and daring nature of the youth without any awareness exposure cannot survive the low-income country road systems and their paraphernalia. This situation is well demonstrated below in the road accident that happened in one of the low-income countries.

 

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I launch this blog with a heavy heart full of sorrow for the loss of 7 Rwandese students from Kampala International University who perished in Uganda along Gulu high way. On the 5th of November news filtered in of a taxi full of students from a friend’s party plowed in a stationary truck losing control and straight head on to another on coming taxi heading the opposite direction. In Zambia on the very same day Annette Kalolo a 34-year-old miner at Kinsanshi in Soliwezi lost her life after a rigged truck she was driving lost control hitting another stationary rigged truck. This is just a tip of the iceberg of all accidents happening around the World.

According to the World Healthy Organization (WHO), road traffic accidents claim 1.25 million people as result of road traffic accidents. These statistics make road carnage the leading cause of death among people aged 15 and 19. I have initiated and registered a consultancy to address this problem through advocacy and capacity building. As we approach the festive season, experience has taught us that this is the pick time where many lives are lost, many are left with severe injuries and properties and assets like vehicle are destroyed. It extremely difficult to predict when you all your loved one will be a victim, which makes this drive a collective effort. I appeal to all the people to access this blog by contributing and discourse all possible ways of tackling this uncommunicable epidemic which has claimed many lives especially the young.

 

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