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Week 7 of the road safety campaign – a feature brought to you by The Ngami Times in collaboration with Chobe Holdings, Botswana Police Service and Khoemacau Copper Mining this week pays a special focus on Pedestrian safety on the roads
The eight-week campaign’s overall objective is to raise road safety awareness by providing informative messaging to the general public on the best practices to stay safe on the roads. As the festive season hype reaches its peak – travel reaches record levels and users are prone to accidents, hence the importance of timely road safety messages.
Maun Police Station Traffic Officer, Assistant Superintendent Nelson Kelebetse this we talks to both drivers and pedestrians about the safety of the latter on the road.
Kelebetse has revealed that safety is a shared responsibility that demands attention from both individuals on foot and drivers behind the wheel. According to recent statistics, a significant portion of road accidents in Botswana involves pedestrians. This alarming trend calls for collective action to mitigate risks and create a safer environment for all road users.
One of the fundamental pillars of pedestrian safety lies in fostering awareness and education. Station Traffic officer Kelebetse added that, “Empowering pedestrians with the knowledge of road safety practices is crucial.”
He further expresses that understanding and following traffic rules, such as using designated crosswalks, obeying traffic signals, and walking on sidewalks whenever available, can significantly reduce the likelihood of accidents.
Moreover, Station Traffic officer Kelebetse adds that visibility plays a pivotal role in pedestrian safety, particularly during low-light conditions or at night. Wearing reflective clothing, using flashlights, or carrying reflective gear can enhance visibility and alert drivers to the presence of pedestrians, thereby reducing the chances of collisions.
He also gave guidance as to pedestrians having to adhere to safety rules such as crossing the road with intent and being more alert at night especially, to adhere to rules and not jaywalk on the roads as it would increase the probability of accidents happening.
Finaly, Station Traffic officer Kelebetse stressed the importance of the community being wearier of letting children out of their sight and always be vigilant of their actions around the road, making sure that they are not galivanting on the road.
Botswana’s government has been actively engaged in initiatives aimed at enhancing pedestrian safety, the recent road safety campaigns by the Botswana Police Service stand testament towards making road safety a priority during the festive season.
Ultimately, prioritizing pedestrian safety necessitates a collective commitment. It requires a synergy between government interventions, infrastructural enhancements, educational campaigns, and individual responsibility. By embracing a shared obligation to road safety, Botswana can pave the way for safer streets where pedestrians can navigate with confidence, contributing to a more secure and harmonious society for all.