Unity Can Held Reduce Calamity in Roads

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Minister of Transport and Communications, Mr Tshenolo Mabeo has urged the public to work in unison to ensure safety on the roads.

Speaking during a day dedicated to remembering victims killed or injured in road crashes in Thamaga, Mr Mabeo said the celebration marked a milestone towards attaining the Vision 2016 pillar of a safe and secure nation.

He said it also marked the United Nations global plan for 2011-2020 aimed to reduce road crashes by half. Minister Mabeo raised a concern that quite often a lot of road users did not pay much attention to speed limits on the road as well as the road worthiness of their vehicles which were paramount on safe arrivals to their destinations.

Minister Mabeo said though there was a reduction, the figures were still a concern in relative to the small population. He said there was need to collaborate since the resilience of these tragedies required developing better intervention strategies.

He noted that his ministry through the Department of Road Transport and Safety continued to amend the road Traffic Act in order to address road user behaviour change. The minister urged all road users, especially the youth to take responsibility by using the road safely as the festive season approaches.

Giving a statistical overview of accidents, Station Traffic Officer of Thamaga Police, Assistant Superintendent Otsile Gaboinewe revealed that road safety situation continues to be a challenge to the safety and security of Batswana.

He said Thamaga experiences the highest rate of road traffic fatalities and injuries within the country, adding that Thamaga seems to have become a pre-urban area as people who work in Gaborone choose to commute. This, he added had resulted in congestion on the road as people from Moshupa, Kumakwane, Kanye and Mmankgodi also commute.

The statistics, he said show that by the year 2013, about 411 deaths of road accidents were recorded, compared to 404 in 2012. Fatalities recorded between January 2014 and October show a decrease from 326 to 276 compared to the same period in 2013.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: General

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