SAVE LIVES: #SLOWDOWN
The MVA Fund hosted a workplace road safety intervention on Wednesday, 10 May 2017 at its Windhoek Service Centre in response to the UN’s call for organizations to carry out such interventions with the aim for employees to promote awareness of the dangers of speeding and to pledge to Slow Down.
The danger of speeding is the message at the heart of this year’s fourth UN Global Road Safety Week which started on 8 May 2017 and will end on 14 May 2017. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), speed contributes to about one-third of all fatal road traffic crashes in high-income countries, and up to half in low and middle-income countries. In order to raise awareness and respond to dangers of the delinquent act of speeding, the 2017 UN’s Global Road Safety Week adopted the theme Save Lives: #SlowDown.
The campaign was further reinforced today (Thursday, 11 May 2017) when the Fund joined hands with the Public Sector Road Safety Forum, AA Namibia and NRSC to conduct the #SlowDown campaign along Independence Avenue in Windhoek (between Markhams and Clock Tower at the Post Street Mall).
This annual event coincides with the anniversary of the launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety which was launched on the 11 May 2011 was well attended by receptive public to grasp more information on road safety and pledged to reduce speed by at least 5%. Passengers also pledged to speak out for slowing down and to make sure that they too are safe whilst traveling.
Taking the pledge is not the ultimate, but one of the many planned initiatives to facilitate international collaboration to strengthen global and regional coordination in a bid to curtail road crashes, injuries and fatalities globally.
Organizations and individuals that have not pledged yet are urged to visit http://www.unroadsafetyweek.org/en/getinvolved. Your pledge will strengthen the urgent call to save countless lives.
#SlowDown and save a life!