Saturday, June 22, 2024

Ghantsi Police patrols yield bumper harvest of errant drivers

Sobriety check points and saturation patrols conducted by the police in Ghantsi District have led to the arresting and charging of 157 motorists from December 3 to December 5.

Ghantsi Police Station Commander, Superintendent Ishmael Morebodi, confirmed to The Telegraph 55 motorists were tested and eight of them were charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

He stated that other drivers were charged for driving motor vehicles with defects, overloading and driving without driver’s license.

He said the operation was aimed at sensitizing the general public, especially motorists, on the dangers of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol. “Drivers need to change their driving behavior to avoid traffic accidents,” said Morebodi.

According to Morebodi, three check points were operating around Ghantsi District.

The first one was located on the western side, along Ghantsi Groot Laegte road. The other one was along the Gaborone ÔÇôGhantsi main road and the third was by the Ghantsi-Maun road after Tautona Lodge.

“I encourage motorist to rest every 200km when doing long distance trips,” said Morebodi.

He advised the motorists to always check their vehicles properly before travelling to avoid car accidents.

“We are resolved to give the best service that we can and the people must also team up and must know that we are ready to work everywhere and anytime where our services are needed,” said Morebodi.

He revealed that other check points and patrols will be operating throughout the festive holiday.
On other criminal offences and violation of the Traffic Act, Morebodi said that the community should be working together with the police to fight crime.

“I advise all motorists to kindly adhere to all road safety and environment regulations to prevent any unnecessary tragedies during the Christmas holidays. Drinking and driving is unlawful,” said Morebodi.

A similar operation has been conducted in Francistown, Mahalapye and Maun.

Morebodi also highlighted that Botswana Police has introduced a number of strategies to reduce crime and some of them continue to bear fruit as indicated by a significant decrease in some targeted offences.

“Like any other country, Botswana has ambition of achieving the goal of safety and security,” said Morebodi. He stated that lack of cooperation amongst drivers has caused road accidents around the country, especially at night.


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