Around 400 on-road fatalities annually – Police

Pilane Sibigi addressing participants during the 2024 Road Safety Stakeholders Engagement meeting PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
Pilane Sibigi addressing participants during the 2024 Road Safety Stakeholders Engagement meeting PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

Botswana Police Service statistics have revealed that an average of 400 people are killed annually in Botswana’s roads. Furthermore, the police have stated that eight to nine lives are lost every week, with most fatal road accidents occurring on weekends.

This was revealed by the Director of Traffic Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police, Pilane Sibigi when addressing participants at the 2024 Road Safety Stakeholders Engagement meeting held at Travel Lodge. He said the majority of deaths are mainly from single accident crashes, something of great concern as they affect the socio-economic development of the country.

Furthermore, as the investigators of these accidents, police have established that the major causes of road traffic accidents are drunken driving, inappropriate speed, carelessness, pedestrian misconduct, use of electronic gadgets while driving, and inexperienced driving. “Other causes of these fatal accidents are animals on the road and poor road conditions. Back in 2021, we lost 413 people on the road, 404 in 2022, and 396 in 2023. “Last year, at this time, we had lost 72 people out of 52 fatal accidents, whilst this year, we have already lost 48 people out of 44 fatal accidents,” he said.

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