Less road deaths among children – NRSC
Road fatality among children has significantly decreased from 2009 to date, the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) says.
Statistics show that in 2009, 18 children died as a result of vehicular accidents, while seven died in 2010. For the first quarter of 2011, only one child died in a vehicular accident, a figure which was four in 2009 and two in 2010.
The body attributes this to a stronger presence of road safety patrols in schools. Romona Doorgen, Co-ordinator of the Council, noted that the council has trained over 600 students from approximately 100 public and 10 private schools and equipped them with road safety patrol gears.
Although students and teachers undergo training, parents and teachers are fearful for the students executing patrol duties owing to the busyness of roadways, particularly on four-lane roads. However, the road safety manual, which has been distributed to schools, outlines ways in which patrols should operate on four-lane roads, Doorzen said.
She opined that the reduction of road deaths among children may be because of stricter road safety measures including the implementation of the usage of seatbelts and drunken driving legislations.
Within recent years, the Ministry of Public Works and Communications has been improving safety along road corridors by erecting streetlights in populated areas and installing barriers and signs in critical sections and under populated stretches.