FedEx Supports Safe School Area Initiative in Zambia
LUSAKA, Zambia. September 10, 2020 — FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company and a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), together with Amend, an international NGO, and the Zambia Road Safety Trust, a local NGO, have today launched a road safety program that provides signage for 30km per hour speed limits around 10 schools, in line with Zambia’s adopted legislation on 30km/h reduced speed limit around all schools in the country.
The World Health Organization estimates more than 1.35 million people die on the world’s roads every year. Among the most vulnerable road users in Zambia are child pedestrians, who face serious risks walking to and from school every day. The “Step Change” report, published by road safety groups further highlight that a child in Africa is twice as likely to die on the roads compared to a child in any other region of the world.
A 30km/h speed limit is an internationally recommended maximum for areas where vehicles and pedestrians interact. According to scientific research, there is a 90% chance of a pedestrian surviving a collision involving a vehicle traveling at 30km/h, however that chance of survival decreases exponentially at speeds higher than 30km/h. When traveling at 40km/h, for instance, there is a 70% chance of pedestrian survival, while at 50 km/h the chance of survival drops to only 15%.
“FedEx holds safety above all in everything we do. With around 180,000 vehicles on the world’s roads, safety is part of our DNA. Our experience and culture of safety has led FedEx to work with some of the world’s leading road safety NGOs to address infrastructure and the safety of vulnerable road users – especially children,” said Taarek Hinedi, Vice President, Middle East and Africa Operations at FedEx Express.
“We’re proud to work with organizations like Amend and Zambia Road Safety Trust to provide our expertise and resources to help bring down the number of injuries and fatalities on the world’s roads” continued Hinedi.
The Mayor of Lusaka, His Worship. Miles Bwalya Sampa said, “Parents expect their children to return home safely, and they expect that they will be safe during the school day. Furthermore, they expect us — the people who make the legislation– to ensure that the safety of their children is protected. Thirty km/h speed limits in residential streets can make life safer and more pleasant for residents, and 30 km/h limits in town centers can civilize those centers, boosting business and improving safety. It is indeed true that a slower place is often a better place.”
Hon. Minister of Transport and Communication Mutotwe Kafwaya said, “Human error, be it speed, fatigue, drunk driving, or distracted driving are the main factors in road traffic collisions in our country. This is why the work of the organizations such as Amend, FedEx, and the Zambia Road Safety Trust is so crucial. They are vital partners of government saving lives of people on our roads and I thank them for their involvement in this important cause, and for their dedication in helping government decrease deaths and injuries.”
“Children should be able to walk safely. They need the freedom to use the roads for their social development and for going to school. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Last year, over 100 children died and more than 1,500 were seriously injured while walking and cycling, many of them close to their homes,” continued Kafaya.
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