NTSA launch reflecting bag covers for school children in road safety initiative
Reflective bag covers have been introduced by the National Transport and Safety Authority for school-aged children.
This is in accordance with the ongoing ‘Usalama Barabarani’ road safety program.
According to NTSA, the project, which is being carried out in conjunction with the European Union, will assist schoolchildren become more visible when they go to school.
“As part of the #Usalamabarabarani Campaign supported by @EUinKenya, we have designed and launched school bag covers for use by school children,” the authority said.
“The covers are to increase their visibility while going to and from school.”
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Children are the most vulnerable road users, according to the NTSA, and must be taught basic road safety regulations on a regular basis.
The authority has been reaching out to different road users, including boda boda riders, as part of the initiative to educate them on proper road usage.
“Our approach in dealing with crashes among boda boda riders is to engage, listen and understand their challenges. Additionally, intensify education and awareness so as to impart the much-needed road safety knowledge with the support of the @EUinKenya and various public/ private sector stakeholders,” NTSA said.
In October 2020, the ‘Usalama Barabarani’ road safety campaign was launched.
Board chairperson Agnes Odhiambo stated during the opening that the campaign aimed to get an additional six transport committees together to critically examine what ails the transportation industry.
According to the NTSA, Kenyan fatalities would grow to 3,663 in 2020, up from 3,508 in 2019.
The majority of the victims are pedestrians, motorcyclists, and cyclists in metropolitan areas, according to the government.
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“We intend to increase public sensitization and awareness on road safety and enhance driver training and testing with an aim of reducing the number of black spots,” she said.