Monday, November 20, 2023

In a powerful demonstration of commitment to road safety, the University of Nairobi's Road Safety Mainstreaming Committee actively participated in the ‘World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims’ event held at Delamere Farm, Naivasha, on Sunday, November 19th, 2023. This collaborative effort, organized by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), brought together government and private organizations to raise awareness and pay tribute to lives lost on the roads.

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, observed globally on the third Sunday of November each year, serves as a poignant reminder of the millions who have suffered due to road accidents. The theme for this year's event was "Justice" echoing the slogan: “Remember, Support, and Act.” Endorsed by the United Nations in 2005, this day provides a platform for individuals, families, and communities to acknowledge the impact of road traffic injuries and advocate for better support and justice.

The University of Nairobi's Road Safety Mainstreaming Committee's participation in the World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims is a commendable step towards promoting road safety and reducing the number of road accidents. The University is committed to implement activities across all Faculties to align with the global goal of achieving a 50% reduction in road fatalities by 2030 through continued awareness campaigns and educational initiatives.

Prominent figures, including Nakuru County Deputy Governor H.E David Kones and Naivasha Member of Parliament Jane Kihara added their voices to the call for action. Hon. Kihara urged the government to address the safety concerns on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, while Deputy Governor Kones delivered a sombre speech, emphasizing the importance of responsible driving and adherence to road guidelines.

During the event, NTSA presented a sobering road safety status report, indicating that by October 2023, over 2300 fatalities had been recorded. The report highlighted a 23% increase in serious and slight injuries, with vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, motorcyclists, passengers, and pedal cyclists, contributing to 79% of all recorded deaths. The counties of Nakuru, Kiambu, and Makueni had the highest death tolls.

NTSA Director General; George Njau announced plans for a road safety awareness campaign during the December festivities. This initiative aims to further educate the public on responsible road usage and reduce accidents during the holiday season.

As the University of Nairobi actively engages in such impactful initiatives, it sets an inspiring example for other institutions and individuals to join the collective effort to make Kenyan roads safer for all. The World Day of Remembrance serves as a reminder that, as a society, we must remember, support, and act to bring about positive change and justice for road traffic victims and their families.