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The Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) and its partners are working together to bring to the African continent Africa Road Safety Seminar 2018 on the 23-24 October 2018, in Cape Town South Africa. This comprehensive capability building conference, is the 7th annual event in Africa, and provides delegates with a range of stimulating capability building workshops, keynote addresses, high level panel discussions and plenary sessions over two full days.

Last year, the Africa Road Safety 2017 seminar sought to share successes and results from across Africa towards achieving the targets. It brought together role-players from governments, institutions, industry, and civil society partners from several African countries. The Seminar provided opportunity for delegates to participate in 5 breakaway workshops on various road safety topics including effective data management, traffic policing and the involvement of private sector and communities.

Africa Road Safety 2018 this year, will focus on many of the challenges in addressing road safety in countries across the Africa region, and how different stakeholders can contribute to the ambitious road safety targets as set out in the new Sustainable Development Goals.

More details will be published soon and notices sent as registration opens.



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With this winter upon us, the possibility of tragic road crashes are increased with the hazard of reduced visibility on our roads caused by overcast weather conditions such as rain, mist, fog, lack of light etc.

Along with the reduced visibility are unpredictable driver behaviours, including excessive or variable speeds, following too closely, distracted driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and other bad driver behaviour which increases the potential of road crashes.

Because of the ongoing problems associated with reduced visibility, emphasis on countermeasures should be second nature to road users, such as:

  • Switch on headlights on during the day - headlights can reduce the incidence of daytime crashes of four-wheeled vehicles by 10–15%. The use of car daytime running lights can also reduce pedestrian and cyclist collisions.
  • Try and invest in high-mounted brake lights, positioned on the back windscreen of cars, increase their visibility. The use of these brake lights has led to a 15–50% reduction in rear-end crashes.
  • Adding reflective strips at the back of trucks and trailers and even your regular motor vehicle.

  • As a pedestrian, always wear colourful/ bright clothing or/ and accessories to be more visible to all road users. Do not walk in the road but on the pavement. If there is no pavement, walk as near to the edge as possible, facing the oncoming traffic. Reflective armbands or reflective strips on clothing or book cases could also enhance visibility of scholars.

When driving in South Africa, it is important to consider local conditions. Many informal settlements in South Africa are situated next to highways –thereby increasing the risk of further pedestrian fatalities. Children attending schools in rural communities walk several kilometres next to the roads to and from their schools. It is important for motorists not only to concentrate on their own ability to see – but also on the ability of other motorists and road users to see them.

GRSP ZA would like to urge all drivers and pedestrians to seriously take all these measures into account when travelling the roads this season.

Please keep warm and safe this winter!


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GRSP ZA together with Shell South Africa (Pty) Ltd and key stakeholders, are currently implementing the 'Safe to School - Safe to Home' (S2H – S2S) project in Gauteng.

The S2H S2S project has been developed by GRSP International as a comprehensive, community-based road safety education programme encouraging all sectors to work together towards the protection of children on our roads. Overseen by the local lead authority (PTSC), the programme engages with enforcement, education and engineering sectors, as well as with children, parents and the broader school community.

The project in Gauteng is currently in the second phase of infrastructure development within schools i.e. erecting formal drop off and pick up/ waiting areas (putting up shelter and benches), developing speed humps, the increase of traffic lights on main roads, along with other road safety interventions done near schools on high risk motor vehicle collision spots. Other interventions include scholar patrol projects, a fulltime EPDP traffic officer station on Khumalo Road/ main road which now has close relations with the schools.

The key stakeholders involved with the project in Gauteng are, the provincial Department of Education, the Department of Community Safety, EMDP and theEkhuruleni Municipality. Through this partnership the success of the project is premised on the stakeholders working together to achieve the project goals.


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Michelin Road Safety Youth Ambassadors Programme in BelaBela, Limpopo Province in South Africa. The programme, funded by the Michelin Corporate Foundation, has an aim to involve the local youth in addressing road safety issues in their communities, through spreading new skills and knowledge learned at the trainings to be provided by GRSP and YOURS.

The project is supported by the provincial Department of Transport, Department of Education and managed by GRSP South Africa. The project implemented across 5 different regions across the Limpopo province, in approximately 32 schools covering 4,000 scholars (Grade 10-12).

The selected youth ambassadors received special road safety training by by YOURS, which involved a 5-day intensive course during which participants were trained on the following topics:

  • Peer Education
  • Scope of the Road Safety Problem – in the world and in South Africa
  • Youth and Road Traffic Injuries
  • Distracted Driving
  • Speeding
  • Seat-belts
  • Drink and Drug Driving
  • Facilitation Skills
  • Presentation Skills
  • Developing a Youth and Road Safety Workshop
  • Spreading the Message
  • Action Planning

Thereafter, the Youth Ambassadors started a Driver Training Programme (K53, Driver license training, advance and defensive and advance driving), that was developed by MasterDrive South Africa, GRSP South Africa and Michelin.

Thus far, the Youth Ambassadors have been introduced to schools across the Limpopo Province. The school principals have welcomed the youth ambassadors, and also have provided them with teaching time slots during the Life Orientation school periods, where youth ambassadors cover topics such as Road Safety at schools, Road Safety Road Clubs and Projects and Risk factors of Road Safety.

They have also conducted a road safety surveys with their communities and at their respective schools, using road safety survey forms, conducting interviews with the general public and traditional leaders, conducting observations at schools in the morning and after school etc.


Road Safety message for Easter holiday season 2018

Global perspective on road safety

In terms of Global status report on road safety 2015, total number of road traffic deaths has plateaued at 1.25 million per year, with the highest road traffic fatality rates in low-income countries. While there has been progress towards improving road safety legislation and in making vehicles safer, the report shows that the pace of change is too slow. Urgent action is needed to achieve the ambitious target for road safety reflected in the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: halving the global number of deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes by 2020. Most of the developing countries like South Africa have aligned their laws to international standard of best practice in dealing with risk factors on our roads.

Road Safety message for Easter holiday season 2018

The Easter holiday season is time for people, families and friends to travel to various destinations for religion, fun, ledger time and to be with family. Due to increased traffic at this time, the Easter holidays can also a dangerous time for road users and pedestrians.

Global Road Safety Partnership South Africa urges drivers, pedestrians and other road users to consider the followings road safety tips:

Wear your seat belt

Always buckle up. Wearing your seat belt can reduce your risk of dying in a crash by about half. Also, make sure young passengers are buckled into appropriate safety seats.

Don't drink and drive

Drunk driving is a major contributory factor to road crashes and road deaths in South Africa and the rest of the world. In terms of the study conducted by Shell Global, driving whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol impairs judgment and increases the risk of crashes and road deaths. The best protection is prevention: Be drug free, be alcohol free, be safe.

Avoid Speeding

In terms of WHO Global report on road safety speeding is one of the risk factors that causes serious and fatal road crashes. During this Easter holidays drive with caution and under legal prescribed speed limit. Plan you your trips properly to avoid the rush and last minutes decisions. Be a role model to your children and your loved ones, don't speed! Avoid speeding tickets, possible crashes, criminal records, arrests or even death.

Motorcycle helmets

Motorcycle riders who do not wear a helmet run a much higher risk of sustaining any of these head and traumatic brain injuries, or a combination of them. Helmets create an additional layer for the head and thus protect the wearer from some of the more severe forms of traumatic brain injury. So always wear your helmet!

Child restraints

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for all children. Child restraints, or car seats, reduce the risk of injury by 71% to 82% and reduce the risk of death by 28% in comparison to children in seat belts alone.

All vehicle occupants need to be properly restrained by seat belts or child safety seats to prevent injury in case of a sudden stop, swerve or crash. Seat belts and car seats contact the strongest parts of the body, spread crash forces over a wide area, help slow down the body and protect the brain and spinal. The Minister of Transport has introduce. As of the 1 May 2015, a new regulation to the National Road Traffic Act in South Africa was introduced whereby all children under three-years-old will have to be strapped into a car seat when traveling in a car. Always restraint all passengers especially children every time.

Distracted driving

Anything that takes your attention away from driving can be a distraction. Sending a text message, talking on a cell phone, using a navigation system, and eating while driving are a few examples of distracted driving. Any of these distractions can endanger the driver and others. Texting while driving is especially dangerous because it combines all three types of distraction. Sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds, long enough to cover a football field. So, drive carefully and avoid using a cellphone.

Carry an Emergency Kit

Always be prepared. The kit should include items that would come in handy if you are stranded on the side of the road or involved in a car crash

Pull off the Road if You Feel Tired

Regular and adequate rest breaks during a long driving journey is of fundamental importance to avoid driver fatigue.

 

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