FEEDBACK – A snapshot of how Handicap International marked the Road Safety Week in different countries

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The Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week was marked from 8-14 May 2017.

This year’s theme was #SlowDown, focusing on speed and what countries around the world were doing to address Speed as a key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries.

Speeding remains one of the most common types of traffic violations. The Global status report on road safety 2015, confirms that nearly a third of all road crashes were as a result of speeding or speeding in combination with other factors like drunk and drug driving. Below is a recap of how some Road Safety projects within Handicap International marked the week.

Road Safety Week in Cambodia: #SlowDown Campaign

Earlier in the year, senior Minister and Minister of Public Works and Transport, H. E. Sun Chanthol, and Cyril Sayag, Director of the Asia Pacific International Wine and Spirits Alliance (APIWSA) signed a memorandum of understanding that aims to support an extensive yearlong safe driving education initiative in 2017. During the ceremony, an action plan was presented detailing the initiatives that form part of the 2017 National Road Safety Campaign. The United Nations’ Road Safety Week, provided an opportunity to emphasize the importance of maintaining appropriate speeds. Sarim Cheang, Handicap International’s Road safety project Manager, Cambodia mobilized the community to participate in the United Nations’ #SlowDown Campaign.

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Road Safety Week in Haiti: Good Driver Training

In collaboration with the traffic police, Handicap International’s Road Safety Manager Fernand Charles with partners organized training session for 100 drivers from the public transport sector over four (4) days period- 25 participants per day.  The “Good Driver” training sensitized participants to topics of traffic legislation, signs, causes of road crashes with an emphasis on speed.  Each participant who completed the training session went home with the Bon Chofè booklet that would continue to guide them on how to maintain safety on the road.

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Road Safety Week in DRC: Ralentissez! Please.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Marius Lomboto, Handicap International’s Road Safety Manager along with local road safety non-government organizations took road safety pictures to sensitize the community. They also submitted a road safety memorandum to the President of Provincial Assembly (PPA) of Kinshasa. The memorandum presented to the PPA called for the reduction of speed limits in Kinshasa, particularly in built-up areas and school vicinities.

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