According to WHO about 1.3 million people die on the world's roads and 20 - 50 million are injured every year. Road traffic crashes are a major cause of death among all age groups and the leading cause of death for children and young adults aged 5–29 years.
The risk of dying in a road traffic crash is more than 3 times higher in low-income countries than in high-income countries.
By taking public health measures and working with local government we truly sure that millions of lives can be saved and injuries prevented with well-enforced road safety laws on speeding,
In this week we did a conscience awakening campaign at Nyarugenge and Regional driving schools which encourages people of all ages to police themselves when on the road walking or driving and how they can provide first aid skills when it needed.
The attendance was really at high level where many youths not only those from driving schools were there, but also other youth from RAFIKI club. Sector of Rwezamenyo were represented by social affair.
They key message was: Wearing a good quality helmet, wearing a seat-belt reduces the risk of injuries and deaths, Telephone use while driving (whether hand-held or hands-free) increases the risk of a crash by 4 times, and people have explained that Pedestrians, cyclists, and riders of motorized 2- and 3-wheelers and their passengers are collectively known as "vulnerable road users”. Apart from road safety, driving school students learnt different first aid skills were they shown their interest by asking many question to HPR members.
At the end of campaign social affair in her speech said “ I would like to pay tribute to the role HPR that is playing in making our roads safer by teaching and conducting such campaign. Here we have many drivers I want to tell them that Many drivers believe that there are acceptable or safe levels of speeding but such a view shows that they simply do not understanding speed. A car driven at any speed is a lethal weapon in fact it’s a weapon of mass destruction. And I want to tell the youth to obey rules of roads. By working together and keep learning this, I believe number of crashes related to the road safety will be reduced”.
Within this week apart from campaign HPR also run another two differents teaching sessions program's at GS Kimironko 1 and GS Kivugiza where around 120 students in both schools learn about road safety and different first aid skills
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