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April 22, 2024
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LESOTHO SEES RISE IN ROAD ACCIDENTS 

Maseru, Apr. 02 — The country has seen a rise in road accidents over Easter Holidays which ended up costing lives of some people.

This is according to Road Safety Officer, Mr. Setsoto Putsoa in an interview with the Agency, saying the Department of Road Safety is due to present a report on the Easter road safety campaign which will end on April 12.

Mr. Putosa said some of these accidents were caused by motorists’ failure to consider road signs, children and animals on the roads as well as drunken driving and overspeeding.

He indicated that they have been issuing traffic tickets to some motorists since the Good Friday due to overspeeding, appealing to motorists to abide with road regulations for the safety of other people.

Meanwhile the Minister of Public Works and Transport Mr. Matjato Moteane earlier passed his condolences to the bereaved families of the road accident victims, which occurred at Bolahla, Ha Sekake in Qacha’s Nek on Good Friday.

He also extended his sympathy to those who were injured in this accident, saying he was aware that the road in which the accident occured is not in good conditions and needs to be rehabilitated..

The Minister further appealed to motorists to always ensure that their vehicles are road worthy, avoid drunken driving and take enough rest before embarking on a long journey as these are main causes of road accidents.

It was reported that the bus was ferrying Basotho nationals who were attending the church service at Matatiele in South Africa when it lost control at the above mentioned place and four people lost their lives.

In addition, two children lost their lives at Lithabaneng, Maseru over the weekend after being hit by a vehicle.

Reports show that about 300 people die each year in the country due to road accidents and further add that the government spends over M250 million on accidents.

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