The Minister launches Road safety camping

By:Thabang Mohloki

The minister responsible for Public Works and Transport, Honourable Tšoeu Mokeretla has urged drivers to desist from driving under the influence of alcohol.

The minister was speaking as a guest of honour during Road Safety Campaign which was held at Ha Souru, Berea on the 23rd September, 2015.

Hon. Mokeretla told the magnitude of people gathered there that public drivers as well as private drivers should robustly be invited in those campaigns because they are the ones who are directly involved as road users, so it is of no use to conduct those campaigns without them.

"If drivers quit driving under the influence of alcohol from today on, no family will be standing in sorrow before an open grave to burry their relatives after this the festive,"Hon. Mokeretla said.

Director of Road Safety Mrs. Ntumeleng Ntsekhe indicated that launching this campaign is mainly for big events such as NUL graduations and Independence occasions like Morija Arts and Cultural Festival: "We try our level best to eradicate road accidents," Mrs. Ntšekhe said.

She implored drivers to avoid the usage of hooters as they scare and confuse pedestrians on roads and might cause accidents.

S/ACP Mpota Nthako of Lesotho Mounted Police Service also made the audience aware that in order to minimize the road accidents, there will be road blocks whereby stop and searches will be conducted.

"We are not going to compromise on drivers who will be found on roads driving under the influence of alcohol, together with those whose vehicles are not roadworthy." Nthako said.  

Lastly, he spoke about the horrible terrifying accident which occurred closer to where the campaign was held, where a member of LMPS was involved and burnt to death when his car collided with another vehicle.

He pleaded to drivers to concentrate on driving not on cell phone like they always do.

He finally urged them to be patient on roads.

Local artist known as Sentso, LMPS Brass Band, Senyotong Primary School and Tsereoane Primary School entertained the audience with good music.

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