Wodin-Schwartz, Sarah Jane
Namibia’s annual road fatality rate ranks among the highest in the world at 31 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. Road safety organizations in Namibia wish to decrease road fatalities by increasing seat belt and child restraint use. This project implemented an attitudinal survey of 350 university students and a roadside observation study of over 1500 vehicles in greater Windhoek. Analysis revealed a pervasive lack of child passenger restraint compliance (7%) throughout the region, and lower adult passenger compliance in taxis (17%) than in private cars (42%). Final recommendations included a child restraint donation and redistribution program to serve low income families, and radio advertisements in various languages to target taxi occupants.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Interactive Qualifying Project
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