4th United Nations Global Road Safety Week, 8–14 May 2017

The Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week will be held from 8 – 14 May 2017. The global event serves as important platform for concerted advocacy with the overall goal of saving lives by improving safety on the roads.

The Ministry of Health, Association for Safe International Travel (ASIRT), National Transport and Safety Authority, Ministry of Education, Pamoja Initiative and other stakeholders will commemorate this week at St. Dominics School, Mwiki, Kasarani on 12th May 2017.

The campaign Week seeks to increase understanding of the dangers of speed and generate action on measures to address speed, thereby saving lives on the roads. This year’s theme is Slow Down. Save Lives.”

The week will focus on speed and what can be done to address this key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries. Speed contributes to around half of all fatal road traffic crashes in low- and middle-income countries. Countries successfully reducing road traffic deaths have done so by prioritizing safety when managing speed.

Among the proven strategies to address speed include:

  • Building or modifying roads to include features that calm traffic
  • Establishing speed limits to the function of each road
  • Enforcing speed limits
  • Installing in-vehicle technologies
  • Raising awareness about the dangers of speeding.