Community Service Work Beckons for Traffic Offenders

| November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

The revised charges for traffic offences will in the near future carry a penalty that will also allow the offender to undertake community service work.

Addressing a panel discussion on road safety in Nata recently, director of traffic in the Botswana Police Service, Mr Katholo Mosimanegape said it was clear that the offenders did not feel the wrath of paying heavy fines for traffic offences hence the inclusion of community service work.

Mr Mosimanegape asserted that they believed such measures would send a clear message to motorists on the importance of obeying traffic regulations at all times.

He said they were aware that motorists alert each other on the locations of traffic officers along the road, adding that giving such signals was bad because it puts other road users at risk and allows bad drivers to carry on with the habit of failing to obey road signs.

Mr Mosimanegape said failure to obey speed limits has been identified as one of the main factors which lead to high fatal road accidents on national roads.

In addition, he said when compared to South Africa, Botswana experiences the highest number of high fatality rates, adding that the 1981 statistics show that 9.9 per 100 000 people died in road accidents.

Last year alone, he pointed out that 20.9 per 100 000 people died on the roads and for a small population of Botswana this has a great impact. He noted that 14 000 people from 2004 to 2013 have been seriously injured with some of them being confined to wheel chairs or crutches.

This record, he said, should be taken into consideration by all Batswana so that there could see the importance of acting responsibly on the roads. The acting director for the Department of Transport Roads Safety (DTRS), Mr Bokhutlo Modukanele said families have lost breadwinners as result of road accidents.

As a department mandated to govern regulations, he said they were working hard to consult and collaborate with stakeholders to meet the national strategy which aims at reducing by half fatal road accidents by the year 2020.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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