Saturday, January 23, 2021

Police say traffic lights must be modernized to handle traffic

The Assistant Commissioner of Police, Deputy Director of Traffic, Katlholo Mosimanegape, has admitted that the traffic lights have not been well synchronized to accommodate the current traffic. Mosimanegape explained that, so far, Gaborone and Francistown are the leading towns where traffic jams are seriously experienced.

He said the situation is made worse by the fact that all Government ministries, private company offices and parastatals are located mostly in one central area.

Mosimanegape added that services, such as shopping centres, are located in one place so people are forced to head in the same direction and place, thus resulting in less parking slots.

He said lack of parking has also resulted in the public having to park randomly while they go into their workplaces.

“Some park their cars from six in the morning till they leave the parking at the same time in the evening” he said.

Mosimanegape pointed out that the situation could be better if intersections were made. He said luckily enough, so far, the reported accidents committed are minor, describing them as nose-to-tail accidents by people who do not obey the distance between cars following each other.

“It is actually a result of being inpatient during traffic jams,” said Mosimanegape.

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