Jean Todt, UN Special Envoy for Road Safety has said at least, 650 people are killed daily in road accidents throughout Africa, He spoke at the 2017 Africa Road Safety Conference in Cape Town, South Africa saying road accidents in Africa were among the deadliest worldwide, urging more action. He also called for more to be done to keep drivers as well as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, safe. He warned that “there is projected increase in urbanisation, motorisation, infrastructure development projects and vehicle ownership in the region over the coming decades. Road traffic fatalities and injuries will continue to take a rising toll on countries, if no significant changes are made”. To change the trend, Todt urged participating governments to implement the Global Plan for the Decade of Action and the African Road Safety Action Plan, which focuses on safer roads, vehicles and road users. He said the plan also detailed improved post-crash care and stronger road safety governance, including the enforcement of strong legislation. He also called for the implementation of basic laws not obeyed in some countries, such as using seat belts and helmets, child safety seats, and prohibiting drunk drivers. “As much as strong legislation is […]
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