Weekly Comegetchu Tip 59

A Journey Toward Safer Botswana Road Systems

Roads are critical to our everyday lives. We all utilise them for driving, riding, walking or travelling as a passenger. We also depend on them for the delivery of goods and services, which renders roads vital infrastructure to any growth, orientated country.

Road systems come at a price, as they can also lead to loss of life and/ or injury. Road deaths and injuries can be controlled if not reduced. The last few decades have confirmed that the implementation of effective and comprehensive road safety strategies can reduce the number of people killed or injured on our roads, despite the highly prevalent traffic levels.

At present, regarding the road safety situation in Botswana, the number of deaths from road accidents is relatively high compared with other African countries. The main causes of accidents are speeding, drunken driving and the increasing traffic congestion during rush hours in the urban areas. As Batswana we need to religiously focus on road injury prevention, encouraging the use of public transport because it is safer, setting quantitative targets for reducing road traffic fatalities, and the strengthening of the National Road Traffic Council if we are “to keep Botswana roads safe and non-congested to promote safety and transit continuity consequently preserving life”.