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SOUTH AFRICAN SAFETY CULTURE IN CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY . Safekids World Wide Injury Prevention Conference Date: Thursday, 20 June 2013. CONTENTS. BACKGROUND THE CURRENT STATUS LEGISLATION THE PROBLEM THE SOLUTIO N. SOUTH AFRICA – THE DYNAMICS. Population: 51.8 million

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Safekids world wide injury prevention conference date thursday 20 june 2013

SOUTH AFRICAN SAFETY CULTURE IN CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY

Safekids World Wide Injury Prevention Conference

Date: Thursday, 20 June 2013


Contents

CONTENTS

  • BACKGROUND

  • THE CURRENT STATUS

  • LEGISLATION

  • THE PROBLEM

  • THE SOLUTION


South africa the dynamics

SOUTH AFRICA – THE DYNAMICS

Population: 51.8 million

Income Group: Middle

Gross national income per capita: R2 751

Mortality rate: 28/100 000 pn


South africa the dynamics1

  • SA a fledging democracy with unique challenges-

    • socio-economic

    • Multi-cultural, multi-religious society

    • Eleven official languages

    • Varying levels of literacy

    • Poorly developed public transport,Scholar transport infrastructure

      • Majority transported in informal public transport over long distances

      • 80% of population rely on public transport

      • Majority walk lonf distances to school

        • Crossing major/arterial routes

SOUTH AFRICA-THE DYNAMICS


Current status

  • More than 12 000 fatalities p/a

  • Cost of road injuries/fatalities is approx R306 billion p/a

  • Very few awareness programmes on CPS

  • Long journeys/peak traffic season:

    • roughly 65% of front seat

      • less than 2% of rear passengers

  • Stats for shorter, local journeys even more dismal.

    • Most fatal crashes happen 40km from home

  • CURRENT STATUS


    Current status1

    • Affluent and literate families most likely to use child restraints

    • Less affluent mainly use informal public transport in the form of minibus taxis and pick-up trucks which are likely are likely to be overloaded

    • Child restraints ranges between R500-R3000

    CURRENT STATUS


    Legislation

    • NATIONAL ROAD TRAFFIC ACT, 93 of 1996

    • The seatbelt legislation under regulation 213-

      • An adult is a person over the age of 14 years or taller than 1.5m and

      • A child is a person between the age of 3 years and 14 years, except if taller than 1.5m

        • `no legal requirement for child > 3yrs to wear child restraint

  • The driver of a motor vehicle shall ensure that a child uses an appropriate child restraint; or wears the seatbelt if an unoccupied seat which is fitted with a seatbelt is available.

  • BUT

  • WHERE THERE IS NO SEAT WITH A SEATBELT,THE DRIVER SHALL ENSURE THAT THE CHILD IS SEATED ON THE REAR SEAT, (IF THE VEHICLE IS EQUIPPED WITH SUCH A REAR SEAT!! )

  • LEGISLATION


    The problem

    • Traffic mix does not allow for usage of child restraints

    • `Little or no enforcement of correct seating position and use of child restraints(2/10)

    • `Law enforcers not examplary

    • `ambuiguity about enforcement of safety measures

    • `very few awareness programmes

    • Non compliance to rules and regulations

    • `inadequate restraint laws for children

    • `not necessary for short distance mentality

    • `wont get a ticket-will bribe

    • `age appropriate child restraint not used

      • Lack of examplary behaviour by parents

      • `Adults don’t buckle up

      • `poor adherence to basic safety measures

    THE PROBLEM?


    The problem1

    • Personal choice not to use child restraints

    • `child seats too much of a hassle

    • `indifference of drivers to ensure the safety of passengers

    • `children don’t like restraints

    • “Act of love”

    • `children on parents laps

    • `children on the drivers laps

    • `children assisting with driving

    • Socio-economic situation

    • `High unemployment rate and poverty

    • `Usage of public transport to travel

    • `Large families- therefore not practical to use child restraints

    • `Bakkies-Vans used as passenger transport esp-rural areas

    THE PROBLEM?


    The solution

    THE SOLUTION

    Integrated approach


    Safekids world wide injury prevention conference date thursday 20 june 2013

    Contact details of presenter:

    Ms Mampe Kumalo

    A/Executive Manager: Road Safety Education and Campaigns

    Road Traffic Management Corporation

    South Africa

    (+27) 071 485 4784

    (+27) 012 999 5313


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