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Road Safety Council saddened by 6-y-o boy's death, makes appeal to motorists and parents

Published:Friday | October 13, 2017 | 11:24 AM

The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) is appealing to motorists and parents to play their part in ensuring children are safe on the roads.

The NRSC has expressed regret at the death on Monday, of six-year-old Oneil Williams as he crossed the road after having just exited a tax.

He was struck by a motor car and pronounced dead at the scene.

The NRSC is imploring drivers to abide by the speed limit and exercise added caution when driving, particularly in built up areas and school zones and when approaching vehicles that have stopped to let off passengers.

It says pedestrians, especially children and the elderly, are vulnerable road users and any errors or lapses in judgement can be disastrous.

Executive Director of the Council, Paula Fletcher, is also urging parents to teach their children life-saving road safety habits and ensure they are adhered to every time a child is on the road.

She says parents need to be aware that their child operates in accordance with their age and related stage of development with regard to sight, hearing and ability to focus on complex situations, such as the traffic environment. 

She says they should be accompanied by adults until they are old enough to travel by themselves on the road.  

Fletcher notes that as at October 12, there have been 261 fatalities as a result of 241 road crashes in comparison to 302 deaths from 250 crashes over the same period last year.

This represents a 14 per cent decrease in fatalities for the comparative period. 

Of the fatalities, to date, 67 are pedestrians with six per cent of them being children.