As the nation gears up for the long holiday, the police have revealed that their presence will be heavily visibly on the roads and in the streets.
In an interview, Botswana Police Deputy Public Relations Officer, Dipheko Motube said they will be increasing the number of officers who will be manning roadblocks and patrolling the streets in a bid to curb accidents and crimes that are usually associated with the holidays.
“As is the norm people will be travelling to various destinations meaning that our roads will be busy, a situation that tends to increase roads accidents and as way of curbing that there will be quite a number of roadblocks and speed traps along the major roads,’’ he said.
He also cautioned motorists to desist from over speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol adding that booze buses will also be on the lookout for such culprits.
“Besides the booze buses, roadblocks and speed traps, we will also be patrolling with the helicopter from Ramokgwebana to Ramatlabama to make sure that our roads and members of the public are safe.”
He also advised members of the public to use public transport instead of private transport as the latter are rarely involved in road accidents.
“Our aim is to reduce if not totally eliminate road carnage and we will fully utilize all the resources at our disposal to make sure we achieve that,” said Motube.
Meanwhile Motube also advised those who will be travelling not to leave their homes without anyone as that increased the chances of break in.
He said in as much as the police will be patrolling almost everywhere it was difficult to guarantee that there will be 100 percent security hence were asking the public to meet them halfway.
“Officers who normally do administration work will be in the streets for the holidays to but our work will be made much easier if people also take necessary precautions to safeguard their property. We are therefore advising people to leave someone at home when travelling or to engage the services of security companies,” he said.