Botswana Police and the Roads Department have promised to leave no stones unturned this coming Easter Holidays in their quest to register zero fatalities on the road.
Speaking at a press conference on the 2013 Good Friday/Easter Monday Holidays road safety campaigns; Director of Traffic Senior Assistant Commissioner Katlholo Mosimanegape said the road carnage associated with these holidays is avoidable.
Mosimanegape said from their analysis over speeding and drunken driving are the most prevalent offences.
“For the past three years the number of drunken driving cases has been increasing, which is a cause for concern,” he said.
Serowe, or District 2 has the most fatal crashes in the country followed by Gaborone West and Molepolole.
In 2011 the accident severity by Police show that Serowe registered 57 fatal crashes where 80 people died while72 people lost their lives from 59 crashes in Gaborone West. A total of 483 died from 18001 in 2011.
The number of accidents recorded in 2012 was slightly lower standing at 17527 where 404 died.
Mosimanegape said most accidents occur on Saturdays, Sundays and Fridays respectively.
“Last year alone each of these days recorded over 2000 accidents; this therefore calls for our deployments and operations to target these days,” he said.
He further said Police will continue to target bars and night clubs’ exit points where drivers would be randomly tested for alcohol.