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GLOBAL ROAD SAFETY WEEK 04TH- 08TH MAY 2015
04/05/15
GLOBAL ROAD SAFETY WEEK 04TH- 08TH MAY 2015
GLOBAL ROAD SAFETY WEEK 04TH- 08TH MAY 2015

The UN Global Road Safety Week is scheduled for the 4th- 10th May 2015.  The Ministry of Transport and Communications and key stakeholders will join other countries in the globe to observe this week under the theme “Children and Road Safety.”  The official Launch will be held on the 4th May 2015 at Mogoditshane at an open space opposite Sir Seretse Khama Barracks (SSKB)

Globally, children are at an increased risk of death, injury and disability than other road users such as drivers.  Botswana has also experienced the increase in children causalities in the past years.  231 lives of children were claimed by road accidents in the past 5 years while 787 and 2576 children had serious and minor injuries respectively.  The Global Road Safety Week aims to sensitize the public about the magnitude of road accidents, involving children.
During the week, 32 District Road Safety Committees across the country will advocate for active participation in promoting and embracing the culture of road safety towards children. Activities lined up for this week include;
• Teachers work shop. (27-28th April 2015)
• Mall campaigns (8th May)                                         
• Safe scholar crossing (5th-8th May)

These activities are interventions that aim to prevent and reduce road accidents and casualties among children.  The Road Traffic (Seat Belts) Regulations, CAP 69:01; states that children under the age of five should be held on a child restraint seats. The Ministry of Transport and Communications, appeals to everyone especially drivers to adhere to this law and to be vigilant of children on our roads at all times to prevent and reduce road accidents.

Road Safety begins with me.

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