Road Safety: Women and girls sensitised on precautionary road measures

A Road Safety Campaign, aiming at sensitising women and girls on precautionary road measures, was held yesterday at the Rabita Hall in Port Louis in presence of the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Roubina Jadoo-Jaunbocus.

This initiative is in line with the National Road Safety Campaign launched on the theme Ensam Pa Laisse Koltar Touy Nou Fami, by the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, on Saturday 17 February 2018.

In her address, Minister Jadoo-Jaunbocus highlighted that it is imperative to educate women and girls on the importance of road safety for them to endorse a culture of zero-accidents. Women, she underlined, play a pivotal role and they can positively influence their family in adopting appropriate driving behaviours. This sensitisation campaign will therefore enable women to be more cautious as road users, and in turn, instill the ethics of road safety in their family, she emphasised.

The various malpractices such as driving in a drunken state, offensive driving and the use of mobile phones while driving were also highlighted by the Minister. Several measures such as regular vehicle checks and installation of speed cameras have been introduced with the objective to encourage road users act more responsibly, she underscored.

The Minister moreover called for a change in attitudes so as to prevent road accidents, and stressed that a culture of defensive driving should be promoted so as to protect vulnerable road users. Road safety, Mrs Jadoo-Jaunbocus pointed out, necessitates the concerted efforts of each and every one given the alarming rate of road fatalities and the increasing number of the seriously injured. The participation of all stakeholders and the population as a whole will help to prevent road injuries and save life on roads, she added.

About the Road Safety Campaign

The Road Safety Campaign was organised by the National Women’s Council with the aim to provide a platform for women to share and express their views on road safety.

Activities related to the campaign comprised testimonials of relatives of victims of road accidents; a symbolic remittance of token to the relatives of the victims; and an overview of the causes and consequences of road accidents.

Source: Government of Mauritius