Communities Must Ensure Safety On Roads – Police

| December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kgalagadi District officer commanding, Mr Sonnyboy Motswiri has aised the Kgalagadi South community to take responsibility for their own lives and those of other road users.

Speaking at a day held in remembrance of road traffic victims in Bokspits recently, Mr Motswiri urged communities to work collectively and ensure that roads were safe. He cited failure to obey road signs and driving vehicles, which were not road worthy as some of the causes of road accidents.

He pleaded with the Kgalagadi South communities to refrain from such habits by taking precautionary measures and obeying traffic regulations. He said the district had become a hub for tourism and economic activities, hence the need for road users to exercise care at all times.

Mr Motswiri said they welcomed such a development which also had its own challenges of illicit social activities and road accidents, adding that he believes that the Kgalagadi South road safety will take the challenges head on.

He commended the Department of Road Transport and Safety in collaboration with various stakeholders for their continued efforts to effectively implement the strategy of making roads safe.

For his part, the Road Transport and Safety Southern regional manager Mr Kingsley Lesole said the number of deaths on Botswana roads is of national concern.

He said in 2013, about 404 lives were lost due to road accidents and thousands victims sustained serious and minor injuries.

Furthermore, Mr Lesole stated that the latest WHO Global status report on road safety outlines that overspeeding, drunken driving and seat belts are amongst the leading contributory factors.

He noted that the road traffic regulations had been amended and penalties increased to address the risky factors. “The loss of life is a tragedy not only for the individual but for the families and the entire country,” said Mr Lesole.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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