Multi-stakeholder approach critical in combating road traffic accidents

EDITOR — The Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) has been fencing farms on the country’s major highways.
The initiative if completed as planned is citizen-centric and has a high impact on protecting livestock, reducing related accidents and loss of lives. 

Sadly, the gains are being reversed through irresponsible behaviour of people in these particular areas. Vandalism and theft of the perimeter fence is rife thus livestock stray and find ways of getting onto these highways. 

Access gates are left open and no monitoring is done to ensure they’re closed even after use.  The government has introduced a cocktail of measures to curb road traffic accidents which if harnessed by responsible behaviour can go a long way in saving property, livestock and human lives.

According to TSCZ, nearly 2 000 people perished in road traffic accidents in 2018. These shocking statistics can be reduced if all stakeholders like the government, motorists and communities work hand in glove and focus to save lives.

Accordingly, awareness campaigns are also necessary in educating the communities who have also been accused of vandalising road signs, to understand the impact and repercussions of irresponsible behaviour.

Therefore, action needs to be taken now as it begins with me and you to make a better Zimbabwe.
Bornwell Matowa

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