Press Release 7th May 2015. #SaveKidsLives
This week is the United Nations 3rd Global Road Safety Week and is dedicated to child road safety, and call for action to save children’s lives on the roads around the world.
World Health Organization (W.H.O.) states that car crashes are the leading cause of injury/death amoungst children and young adults.
2974 children aged 0 to 19 years are killed on South African roads every year, with many others being injured.
This is very preventable! Our children (and especially the boys) are dying at an unacceptable rate. If you think of the terrible xenophobia attacks where 7 people were killed in 2 weeks, and compare that to the 56 kids and 600 others who died in the same periods on our roads, you can see more pro-active work needs to be done for road safety.
South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD) and 130 other world-wide NGOs work with W.H.O. and belong to the “Global Alliance of NGOs Advocating for Road Safety and Road Victims."
SADD are one of only 10 NGOs world-wide who are sponsored by W.H.O. and World Bank to run this campaign.
#SaveKidsLives is about getting kids to be involved, do their own filming, signing pledges, and NGO’s forward this information to the politicians/media. Pietermaritzburg School children from Bisley, Woodlands Primary, Mt Rise Primary, Ashdown School Edendale, Cordwalles, Haythorne, Scottsville Primary and Merchiston have been working with SADD. As ambassadors they voiced their thoughts and fears about travelling on the roads. They said what they need to be kept safe on the roads.
These children will present their work to dignitaries at Bisley School, Pietermaritzburg on 7th May 2015.We ask for all to sign the child declaration at www.SaveKidsLives2015.org
W.H.O’s 10 strategies are: Controlling speed; reducing drinking and driving/walking; helmets for bicyclists/motorcyclists; restraining all; improving children’s ability to see and be seen; enhancing road infrastructure; adapting vehicle design; reducing risks for young drivers; providing appropriate care for injured children and supervising children around roads. This is what SADD and the children are asking for.
Enforcement is the most important element to bring down deaths/injuries by 50% and fulfill SA’s pledge in this “Decade of Action for Road Safety,” and that is what SADD and the children are asking for.
Kind regards, Caro Smit. Psychiatric Social Worker. Director and Founder of SADD