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NTSA introduces reflecting bag covers for school children in road safety campaign

The Star logo The Star 18/11/2021 by BRIAN ORUTA

NTSA launches reflecting bag covers for school going children in road safety campaign on November 18, 2021.

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• According to NTSA, the project that is done in collaboration with the European Union will help increase the visibility of children when going to their various schools.

• NTSA noted that children are the most vulnerable road users and must continuously be taught basic road safety rules.

The National Transport and Safety Authority has introduced reflecting bag covers for school-going children.

This is in line with the ongoing road safety campaign dubbed 'Usalama Barabarani'.

According to NTSA, the project that is done in collaboration with the European Union, will help increase the visibility of children when going their various schools.

"As part of the #Usalamabarabarani Campaign supported by @EUinKenya, we have designed and launched school bag covers for use by school children," the authority said.

"The covers are to increase their visibility while going to and from school."

NTSA noted that children are the most vulnerable road users and must continuously be taught basic road safety rules.

Through the campaign, the authority has been reaching out to various road users including boda boda riders in a bid to sensitise them on good road use.

"Our approach in dealing with crashes among boda boda riders is to engage, listen and understand their challenges. Additionally, intensify education and awareness so as to impart the much-needed road safety knowledge with the support of the @EUinKenya and various public/ private sector stakeholders," NTSA said.

The 'Usalama Barabarani' road safety campaign was launched in October 2020.

During the launch, Board chairperson Agnes Odhiambo said through the campaign, the authority sought to bring an additional six transport committees to critically look at what ails the transport sector.

“We intend to increase public sensitization and awareness on road safety and enhance driver training and testing with an aim of reducing the number of black spots,” she said.

In December last year, NTSA said fatalities in Kenya increased to 3,663 in 2020, compared to 3,508 in 2019.

The authority said the majority of the victims are pedestrians, motorcyclists, and cyclists in urban areas.

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