N3TC Howick and Surrounding Area Road Safety Project

2019

Junior School road safety project where we once again engaged with teachers, analysed the school road safety needs, painted pedestrian crossing, put up road signs, and taught road safety.

Commuter cyclists in the area were given reflective gear and helmets, as well as pamphlets on cycle safety.

Community Chest Scholar Road Safety Project

2019

A Community Chest funded project to #SaveKidsLives. The first stage involved repainting crossings, establishing relationship with School Principals, and assessing road signs and road safety needs. See the before and after results!

4th Africa Road Safety Conference

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

29 September to 2 October 2019

Caro Smit was very privileged to be sent to this conference, acting as an adviser on road safety issues for Africa. SADD worked with the African Union, African Bank, UNECE (United Nation Economic Commission of Europe) and ARSONEI (African Road Safety Organisation of NGOs, Experts, and Institutions). The key element most African countries should strive towards is strong political will to view poor road safety as the serious health burden it is, and to concentrate on enforcing Best Practice road safety laws.

Global Alliance People’s Survey

September 2019

This survey gathered information on the personal impact that the yearly 1.3 million deaths and 5 million injuries actually have on ordinary people. For example: What is the psychological impact on relationships and daily lives? Have expenses to hospital and lost income impacted your life and how? The survey also captured how safe people feel on the road and in which conditions they feel most safe.

Those involved included students from Varsity College PMB Campus on their Heritage Day, as well as learners from schools around Pietermaritzburg. Citizens from Hilton also took part in signing the petition, helping us to ensure that our message was delivered. We need to let the Department of Transport, and MEC Fikile Mbalula, know how bad our road safety situation is in South Africa and the impact it has on families and our society.

The survey findings will be presented in Sweden at the Inter-ministerial Conference on Road Safety in February 2020.

SADD were able to obtain over 400 survey responses, adding invaluable data towards the final report. The results of the survey can be found here. The following extract was taken from the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety (link)

The Day Our World Crumbled: The Human Impact of Inaction on Road Safety

Published 18 February 2020

This report, which is based on a survey of 5,606 people from 132 countries, focuses on the devastating impact that road crashes have on the lives of road victims, their families, and the wider community. It shows that road crashes affect a lot of people, multiple times through their lives and the consequences are far-reaching. Notably, you do not have to be in the vehicle to be affected by a crash; the emotional, financial, and other impacts can also have a damaging effect on the friends and family of crash victims. Moreover, many people feel unsafe as road users, regardless of whether they have experienced a crash or not.

In the report, statistical analysis of the survey data is combined with the powerful testimonies of crash victims and their families. The data paints a picture of the complex ways that road crashes affect lives: health, finance, relationships, justice and more.

Global Alliance #CommitToAct Petition

September 2019

Engaging with different groups during the month of September, asking them to sign and #CommitToAct. The declaration demands that government leaders around the world Commit to putting people first and Act to save lives on roads worldwide with:

  • Strong, enforced laws that put people before vehicles
  • Speed and alcohol limits that save more lives
  • Mandatory car seatbelts/restraints and quality motorcycle helmets
  • Strong mobile phone restrictions that help drivers maintain focus
  • Safe roads and cars that minimize human error
  • Access to fast emergency and follow-up care

 

African Road Safety Observatory Meeting

27 June 2019

1st Global Road Safety Observatory meeting in Durban. Global Alliance members Caro Smit, Martial Missimikim from Cameroon, Bright Oywaya from Kenya, Awa Sarr from Kenya attended and asked for leadership and safer journeys in our African Continent  to Reduce Road Carnage in Africa

Child Health Initiative and road safety Ambassador Zoleka Mandela asked for a Minutes silence for #AfricanChildrenRoadVictims like her daughter #ZenaniMandela my son #ChasSmit in preventable crashes. We represent millions of mothers. This epidemic receives 2 little emphasis/effort. Too little progress. There is a need for Safer Roads 4 All

“We are facing a major but preventable epidemic. We lack data, and we lack the political will and we lack the financing. We are simply failing to mount an effective response. As a mother and an African woman, I say enough. #ThisismyStreet”

To our leaders: look your children in the eye, tell them they cannot be protected from high speed traffic on way to school

Road Safety Observatory in Africa.https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2018/05/23/first-african-observatory-to-tackle-the-continents-road-safety-crisis

“The Observatory will support African countries’ efforts to reduce road transport fatalities by uniting their activities to systematically collect, analyze, and share reliable road crash data. It will also serve as a platform for government officials and road safety experts to exchange knowledge, share best practices, and scale up effective policies across the region.

Improving road safety has emerged as a top development priority for Africa, which has seen the highest rate of road traffic fatalities in the world despite comparatively low levels of motorization. By providing more comprehensive and accurate data, the new Observatory will help gain better insight into the key risk factors contributing to the region’s road safety crisis, and will give African countries the resources they need to design evidence-based strategies and interventions.

United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety and FIA President, Jean Todt, said, “By understanding the root causes of traffic injuries and fatalities, policy makers can better evaluate the preventive measures available and make investment in road safety more effective. It is my hope that this joint initiative can create a platform for knowledge sharing amongst African countries.”

United Nations Global Road Safety Week

“Save Lives-Speak Up”

6-12 May

The Fifth United Nations Global Road Safety Week was held from 6-12 May 2019. This week focused on leadership for road safety. It is widely acknowledged that stronger leadership for road safety is needed to achieve the Global Goals. Therefore it launches action through the ongoing campaign: Save Lives – #SpeakUp.

The #SpeakUp campaign provides an opportunity for civil society to generate demands for strong leadership for road safety, especially around concrete, evidence-based interventions which will save lives. It will also inspire leaders to take action by showcasing strong leadership for road safety within governments, international agencies, NGOs, foundations, schools and universities and private companies.

“By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents.”

Our governments have set a very ambitious target to save lives on our roads, and it’s our job to make sure they stick to it. The #SpeakUp campaign calls for stronger leadership to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries. It also highlights that we can all in our own personal capacities #SpeakUp and be a leader for road safety. The road safety target within the Global Goals is only going to be attained if we fight for it. A good start is to #SpeakUp for road safety to SaveLIVES!

SADD took part in,and continues to #SpeakUp and engage with youth, the general public,Drs,Nurses, politicians, road safety officials and others and call on #leadership

Global Alliance meeting Chania, Crete

“FROM GLOBAL COMMITMENT TO LOCAL ACTION”

April 2019

Caro Smit attended The Sixth “Global Alliance of NGOs advocating for Road Safety and Road Victims” Meeting from 9–13 April 2019 and was attended by 270 participants including  NGOs and road safety stakeholders from 76 countries around the world.

Highlights included workshops, training, the poster exhibition opened by Jean Todt, the High-Level Symposium, the presentation of the FedEx Road Safety Award, UN Global Road Safety Week event, photo exhibition and the preparations for UN Global Road Safety Week and the Third Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Sweden 2020.

The Global Meeting culminated in the General Assembly where two new board members were elected.

International Road Victims Partnership NGO

IRVP meeting in Chania

April 2019

International Road Victims Partnership NGO board members did presentations on post-crash responses and drink driving at the Conference.

IRVP lead a very moving demonstration through the streets of Chania with the Global Alliance members carrying pictures of 184 road crash victims. These pictures represent the 184 people who are killed hourly on the worlds’ roads.

The IRVP annual meeting was held on 12th April 2019

Acceptance of International Road Victims Partnership into the UNRSC

27th Meeting of the UN Road Safety Collaboration

April 2019

On 10-11 April 2019, over 90 members of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC), representing governments, international organizations, NGOs and other groups convened in Chania, Crete, Greece to discuss next strategic steps in global road safety.

Four new members were welcomed to the UNRSC: Highways England, Abertis Foundation, Milken Institute School of Public Health (George Washington University) and the International Road Victims’ Partnership.

IRVP were very honoured to be accepted as a member of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration  (UNRSC)  by Dr Etienne Krug, from WHO, in recognition of our important and sterling work.