Sunday, July 3, 2022

No punitive charges as yet for slow moving traffic

Ever thought of coming out of the vehicle you are driving and fix the man or woman who is moving slowly on the highway as if the world is theirs…just when you want to get to work and do some a few things as quickly as possible?

You better be warned because the law is on their side and would take sometime before the ‘anomaly’ is rectified.

“The Road Traffic Act does not have any punitive measures defined for slow moving traffic,” said Nonofo Molefhi, the Minister of Transport and Communications.” Currently we do not have a minimum speed prescribed for roads in Botswana.”

He added: “The current practice prevailing in this country since the widening of our highways is that motorists should voluntarily make way for other moving vehicles. As part of our on-going educational campaigns on Road Safety, we will continue to encourage motorists to not only make way for faster vehicles but that in the interest of safety all road users must always exercise restraint while driving on our roads.”

One of the impatient motorists who would want government to take action is Nata/Gweta MP Rayner Makosha who asked the question on Thursday during parliamentary question time on behalf of the concerned citizens.

Molefhi indicated the usually flaunted road sings of ‘keep left’, ‘pass right’, saying that it was advice not a law punishable by a charge.

“That is not the law. Our aim is to teach and educate the public about road safety measures. May be time will come. But at the moment we only teach them through campaigns,” Molefhi responded to a supplementary question from Kgatleng West MP Gilbert Mangole.

Selebi-Phikwe MP said that there were different kinds of people using the road, adding that some of them are short-sighted and, as such, require to drive slowly.

“You cannot compare two generations. The other one is fast and is made up of energetic youths while the other is old and at times suffers from eye defects,” Molefhi said. “We will evaluate and at times benchmark with other countries to see if we can assist.”

It is public belief that slow vehicles moving along highways cause accidents which could have be avoided.

They cite A1 Highway from Game City via Molapo Shopping complex as one of the black spots, incurring casualties almost on a daily basis.

“We wish such laws could be implemented,” said a Gaborone West traffic officer who confirmed two to three accidents occur along the road.

“What is heartening is that small kids coming from school going to their respective homes in Block 5 are the victims,” he said on condition of anonymity because he is a junior officer.

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