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Namibian road safety campaign calls on drivers to slowdown to save lives

Stakeholders in road safety officially kicked off a Slow-Down campaign in capital Windhoek to educate drivers and increase their understanding about the dangers of speeding.

The campaign, themed “Save lives, slowdown”, coincides with the fourth annual United Nations Global Road Safety Week.

According to United Nations Resident Representative Kiki Gbeho, in Africa, road traffic accidents are one of the biggest killers and Namibia is no exception.

“And today we kick off a yearlong series of events to raise awareness in efforts to change behavior. With the campaign we would like to educate drivers about the dangers of speeding with the hope to save lives,” she said on Friday.

In Namibia, statistics show that in 2016, more than 700 people were killed in road accidents, according to Gbeho.

Meanwhile, Eliphas Rukambe, public education manager at the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund called upon all Namibian drivers to re-commit themselves to changing their behavior on the road.

“We encourage all drivers to take a pledge to be a better driver and slow down. That way we save lives and make our roads safer. Pledges can also be made online,” he said.

The road safety campaign is spearheaded by National Road Safety Council in partnership with the Private Sector Road Safety Forum as well as its key stakeholders. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh