In 2021, there were less than 100 road deaths. This figure represents the lowest in the past 16 years. But despite this ‘major achievement’, Minister of Home Affairs Robeson Benn says the Police still need to do more to reduce this number.
However, he maintains that citizens should also play their part in exercising caution while traversing the roadway.
“Perhaps it appears as if though we are using the roadway as beyond being impatient. Whether it is for courting, showing off or whatever, making loud music and we have the issue of speeding.”
As it relates to addressing these issues, the subject Minister referenced the proposed amendments in the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2022. One of the major proposed amendments is for drivers who caused death by manslaughter while under the influence of drugs or alcohol to face up to ten years in jail.
In the meanwhile, he noted that the Police Force would continue to enhance its capabilities to address this issue. So far, the Home Affairs Ministry has been playing its part by providing cyclists with helmets and reflective vests free of cost.
While using the roadways, motorists are urged to exercise the five C’s: caution, common sense, care, consideration, and courtesy.