As part of promoting pedestrians’ safety and fight against road accidents, more than 500 Primary School learners in Standerton, Mpumalanga joined the Global Road Safety campaign on Friday 10 May 2013. The campaign was first launched in Soweto on 04 May 2013 by Transport Minister, Mr Ben Martins.
The campaigns which run for a week focused mainly on pedestrian safety as statistics have shown an increase in road fatalities which involves pedestrians.
Since the launch of the campaign, three pedestrians were killed and two seriously injured in road accidents in Thulamahashe and Barberton.
In Mpumalanga alone, since January 2013 to date, over 90 pedestrians have been killed and many injured in various road accidents.
The campaign forms part of the Decade of Action and aims at reducing road accidents by 50 percent in year 2020 through education and enforcement.