Africa Loses 38% Pedestrians To Road Deaths Annually – FRSC Boss
The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, has said 38% of all African road traffic deaths occur among pedestrians. He made this revelation in a presentation in Dakar, Senegal on Non-Motorized Transportation (NMT) during the General Assembly of the West African Road Safety Organization (WARSO).
According to him, half of the world’s road traffic deaths occur among Motorcyclists (23%), Pedestrians (22%), Cyclists (5%), 31% of deaths Among Car occupants and the remaining 19% among unspecified road Users.
The Corps Marshal gave the rate of deaths recorded among pedestrians and cyclists, “84% of the roads in low-income and middle-income countries where pedestrians are present carry traffic at 40 km/h and above and have no footpaths. However, where the footpaths exist, there is the concern of encroachment, truncation, abuse/misuse by motorist and lack of protective features that totally segregate pedestrians and prevent its usage by other road users”.
Other reasons he gave are that pedestrians have a 90% chance of Surviving car crashes at 30 km/h or below, but less than a 50% chance Of surviving impacts at 45 km/h or above. He also said that Pedestrians risk about 80% chance of being killed at a collision speed Of 50 kilometers/hour (km/h), as opposed to a 10% risk at speeds of 30Km/h
Oyeyemi also said that Traffic Congestions throw away about 3% of GDP of Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries to which Nigeria belongs. He added that the Corps has put in result yielding initiatives in place to promote NMT in Nigeria and the African sub-region. The initiatives are; Established National Stakeholders Committee on Bicycle Transportation, Designed the first ever, National Cycling Policy and Strategy in Nigeria and Presently working on the pedestrian manual.
The Corps understudied 6 cities in 5 different countries with a view to domesticating best practices, established a non-motorised transportation unit to galvanise initiatives and to institutionalize them.