The Road Safety Unit promotes and foster an orderly and disciplined traffic culture that is conducive to the development of a safe traffic environment, through the conceptualisation, design and dissemination of a sustained programme of public information, education in schools, legislation, accident information and research.
The Unit secures and analyzes accident data collected by the policy. The analysis pulls on how, when and where traffic accidents occur as well as who is involved. Research programmes are advanced to determine demographics and psycho-social behaviour of road users as well as, to inform campaigns, policy, law enforcement, engineering and other corrective measures. Research programmes are also executed to determine the effectiveness of measures implemented.
The Road Safety Unit influences the amendments and revision of the Road Traffic Act and Regulations through its membership on the Road Traffic Legislation Revision Committee instituted within the Ministry of Housing, Transport, Water and Works. As a prominent advocate of and stake holder in, road safety, the Unit chairs special sub-committees established to consider specific legislations or regulatory frameworks air marked for evaluation and revision, and makes necessary recommendations to the committee. The Unit constituted the secretariat of the committee mandated to prepare a Green Paper to facilitate the drafting of the Protective Devices legislation of 1999.
The Road Safety Unit visits schools across the island. The target group for presentations are children grades 1- 6, 6 to 12 years old. These presentations cover pedestrian safety and relate briefly to how to be safe motorists and passengers. In 2002 the Swedish government again partnered with the Unit to develop road safety text books to be used in schools. These books were published and distributed to children in grades 2-3 in Primary Schools Island wide. The texts are to be reviewed by the Ministry of Education which has incorporated Road Safety Education in the schools’ syllabus.
The Unit engages in several activities throughout the year, designed to educated and inform the general public about road safety issues:-