OTHER AREAS OF WORK
Road safety in Namibia
GENDER RESEARCH & ADVOCACY PROJECT
According to the National Road Safety Council, Namibia’s road injury fatality rate far exceeds the African continental average of 26.6 per 100 000 at 31 per 100 000.
annual fatality rate of 31 per 100 000 in Namibia translates to between
600 and 700 people killed in road accidents in Namibia every year.
costs of this high rate of road accidents extend far beyond the
families and communities of those directly affected and are ultimately
borne by wider society and government.
GR&AP has considered the issue from a family law perspective and has published its Proposals for Enhancing Road Safety in a short report. Our recommendations include:
- Demerit system as penalty for road safety violations
- Improved enforcement of the wearing of seatbelts
- Continued reduction in efforts to reduce speeding
- Use of lights at all times
- Reduction in people driving under the influence of alcohol
- Reduction in the use of cell phones whilst driving
- Changes to traffic management at intersections
- Addressing the use of fake licences
- Changes to the law on child restraints
- Changes to the regularity of car roadworthiness tests
- Improvements to infrastructure
Read more about our proposals in our report here.
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