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Safely Home Launches Child Pedestrian Fatalities Map

8 October 2014

Statement by Donald Grant, Minister of Transport and Public Works

The Western Cape Government's Safely Home road safety programme is focusing on child road safety this October Transport Month. Safely Home has released an interactive map of young child pedestrians killed in the Western Cape this year.

This map makes the scope of fatal child pedestrian knockdowns on our roads brutally clear. We urge all members of the public to consider what part they can play to help make our roads safer for little children. Just by slowing down when driving and providing a safe example when crossing roads, we can all make a difference.

A link to a large version of the map is available on the page. Click map icons for details of the child’s gender and age, as well as the time and day of week that the child was knocked down and killed.

All other details have been excluded to protect the identity of the victims.

Road Death Statistics

From 1 January 2014 to 31 August 2014

  • There have been 133 child deaths (ages 0 to 19).
  • Of those, there were 85 pedestrians (64%), 32 passengers, 6 motorcyclists, 1 motorcycle pillion (passenger), 2 drivers, 7 other.
  • Of the 85 pedestrian deaths, 59 were aged 0 to 10 years of age (69.4%), depicted on the map located on the Safely Home website.

More information is available on the website, and on Twitter @WCGovSafelyHome, #SafeRoadsSafeKids.

The data is provided by the Forensic Pathology Service of the Western Cape Department of Health.

Media Enquiries: 
Siphesihle Dube
Spokesperson for Donald Grant, Minister of Transport and Public Works
Tel: 021 483 8954
Cell: 084 233 3811