ALERT – Road safety: Kill your Speed, Not a Child

Posted by: on May 8, 2017 | No Comments

‎On this 4th Global UN road safety week, Stephanie Aketch, Regional Road Safety Project Manager for Handicap International in Kenya, is sharing important messages to address this major public health challenge.

Speeding is a key factor for pedestrian injuries and fatalities. Lowering speed limits, backed by appropriate enforcement and education makes roads safer. In Kenya, speed is estimated to contribute to about 50 per cent of all road crashes.The relationship between speed and injury severity is particularly critical for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, especially children, the elderly and persons with disability.

Logo UN Global Week Road SafetyKenya’s roads are exceptionally dangerous for vulnerable road users. A significant number of children are among those killed and injured. Many of the crashes involving children occur as they travel to and from school. Traffic police data reveals that the number of Children who have died in the last five years is equivalent to the loss of two entire primary school.

Why 30kph?

The faster a vehicle is travelling, the greater the impact in a crash. As a result speed affects not only the risk of being involved in a crash, but also the severity of injuries resulting from a crash. The speed limit in urban and built up areas is currently 50kph. In the interest of children, Handicap International is advocating for national and local policy change that establish Safe School Zones where speed limits are restricted to 30 kph. This is because it has been proven that a child has a 90 per cent chance of survival when struck by a car travelling at 30 kph or below, but less than 50 per cent chance of surviving an impact at 45 kph. If adopted, the Safe School Zone policy will also regulate school transport systems and impose statutory penalties for those found speeding above the recommended 30kph.

Children are not small versions of adults – they are smaller, more impulsive, easily distracted and less able to judge the speed and distance of approaching traffic. Extra protection is necessary to ensure their safety.  Universal Primary Education must be supported by safe access to schools. On this 4th Global UN road safety week, even as we advocate for the reduction of speed limits in School Zones by law, we urge you to slow down, and kill your speed, not a child.

See below the pictures of the campaign for the Safe School Zone policy:

 

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