Road Safety: 95.8% of Accidents Involving Male Drivers
6 March 2013 - Le Mauricien
One of the benefits of the conference on "Women and the road," organized by the association yesterday Road Safety Before All Orian Secretarial Institute, is the conspicuous under-representation of women as responsible for accidents. According to the figures available for 2011, 95.8% of motor vehicle drivers involved in casualty accidents are male.
Immediately, the president of the Road Safety Before All (PRAT), Alain Jeannot, a argued that 84% of victims of road accidents in Mauritius are men. According to figures from the non-governmental organization (NGO), the country has an average of 150 deaths and 3,000 injuries each year. Thus, the figure of 95.8% of men involved in accidents would be more or less constant in recent years.
Faced with an audience of about thirty young women Orian Secretarial Training Institute in Rose-Hill, President PRAT should draw a picture about women and road safety. He pointed out that even if they were slightly outnumbered men (50.7% of the population), they form 25% of those who obtained a competent licensed between 2002 and 2011. However, they are at par with men for Learners license issued during the same period.
Alain Jeannot then gave some ideas. From: why men are overrepresented in road accidents? Is it because they are more aggressive in nature due to testosterone? Is it because they are more likely than women while they learn from an early age, to protect life? Or is it because the company combines the transgression of taboos and risk taking to manhood?
"These are all questions that deserve answers because we can not joke with life. There is no way to repair the irreparable. In the world, every minute that passes carries two lives forever precious and unique, mowed against all odds, in road accidents and over 50 million injuries were reported. This tragic situation is generating immeasurable suffering to relatives and friends, many broken families in a flash ... Women have a heart to understand this situation, "says Alain Jeannot.
Assistance was then asked to identify the causes of accidents. Speed, alcohol or fatigue should be the main causes cited by the participants. "Speed ??is seductive nonsense promoted by the film, in fact it kills! We call women to strongly discourage their father, their son, their friends or fiancé not to take risks but to act responsibly and be respectful of life, "says Alain Jeannot.
Meanwhile, I Appaya Robin, a member of PRAT, focused on the legal aspect of accidents before commenting on the protective principle of penalty points will be implemented shortly in Mauritius. Yesterday's conference also marks the beginning of an awareness campaign for women. Stickers for road safety will be distributed at this time.