Youths are the major victims in road carnage
“I am leaving Ramokgonami. I have to be in Gaborone this evening but I am drunk on traditional beer.” These were a young man’s last words on his Facebook page before he and two friends died in a road accident.
Talented journalist SakareaMakgapha was buried last weekend – he and his friends the tragic reality behind the depressing statistics of death and destruction on our roads.
The figures show that there is a fatal accident for every 13 kilometres of paved road in Botswana. The number is unlucky for some, especially the youth who make up the majority of the victims.
Speaking at last week’s launch of Month of Youth Against Road Accidents in Francistown, Senior Superintendent Peloentle Kesupile revealed that last year alone 3574 accidents were recorded in the Northern Division.
“ Eighty two of these accidents were fatal and 110 people died. 74 of them were young people aged below 35 years. Active members of society, who could have contributed to the economy of Botswana,” the officer said.
This year up until last month in the northern division a further642 accidents have been recorded with 373 crashes involving youths – there were 15 fatalities.
The officer said most the road crashes occurred over weekendsand in the early hours of the morning.
“It’s mainly when people are from places of entertainment. The drivers are drunk, fatigued and can’t concentrate on the road,” he continued.
And that trend is likely to increase significantly this week with more deaths expected during the Easter holidays.
The Month of Youth Against Road Accidents is an annual event designed to sensitise young people and change their attitude towards alcohol and the way they drive on the country’s roads. The aim is to reduce fatalities and car crashes.
Accidents statistics for Northern Division(Francistown, Maun, Kasane, SelebiPhikwe, Letlhakane and surrounding areas)
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