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StopTheCrash Campaign for Car and Motorcycle Safety launches in South Africa

29 May 2019

For the first time in Africa, the #StopTheCrash Partnership hosts live demonstrations of crash avoidance technologies in support of the United Nations Global Goals and the Decade of Action for Road Safety.

Launched at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Johannesburg with the support of the Automobile Association (AA) of South Africa, the #StopTheCrash Partnership event has a special focus on the life saving benefits of Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS) for motorcycles.

The technologies promoted by #StopTheCrash have the potential to save thousands of lives every year and the UN has developed international standards to help encourage countries around the world to mandate these life saving technologies. Many countries have taken a lead in adopting such legislation to protect drivers, riders and other vulnerable road users. Global NCAP and the Stop the Crash Partnership encourages the South African government to take a leadership role for the African continent in the fitment of vehicle safety technology.

Sikkie Kajee, Chairman of AA South Africa said,

“Stop the Crash demonstrates the important technologies available to avoid crashes. Africa is the least motorised continent in the world but has the highest per capita death rate. We simply have to deal with this crisis; one way is to avoid crashes. While vehicles in South Africa meet minimum standards, we again highlight the fact that for us, minimum is not good enough and more needs to be done to protect road users. We have an obligation to see this happen.”

David Ward, President of Global NCAP and Chairman of the Stop The Crash Partnership said:

“Global NCAP and the Stop the Crash Partnership strongly encourage the South African government to take a leadership role in the African continent by adopting legislation to require the fitment of #StoptheCrash technologies in all new vehicles and motorcycles.

“We would also advise drivers and riders to always consider safety performance when buying a car or motorbike, choosing the safest model available for their budget, especially those fitted with the latest safety systems.”

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