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Northern region remember road accidents victims

The northern region road safety committee gathered in Kazungula to commemorate Remembrance Day for road traffic accidents victims on Saturday.

The event came at a time when the nation was mourning the demise of seven Matsha College, who died in a road accident recently.

The guest speaker, Dr Lesego Sikele from MedRescue paid homage to the departed students.

He noted that the commemoration reflected on how road accidents affected the nation and what could be done to stop the blood flows on the roads.

“We meet once again to reflect on the matter that is high on the agenda of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, making our roads safe,” he added.

Statistics showed that more lives had been lost this year compared to last year around the same time.

“We have already lost 72 lives compared to 53 people last year same period in our northern policing region,” he added.

Globally, he said, 1.2 million perished in road accidents this year. As such, Dr Sikele added that road safety needed a robust approach to realise dividends and reduce the atrocities that befell the victim’s families since its launch in May 2011.

Dr Sikele emphasised the need to stay sober on the roads at all times calling for concerted efforts to addressing road accidents.

In Chobe, district traffic officer Superintendent Oupa Malebye said from January to October 2015, they recorded 87 road accidents with seven fatalities. Last year, he added, there were 80 road accidents, with 15 fatalities including one accident in which seven people lost their lives in one accident.

The year 2013, had more accidents at 148 and fewer fatalities at six. As such Supt Malebye advised motorists to start their trips early and sleep when fatigue sets in.