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Mauritius to develop new Road Safety Strategy 2015-20 to reduce fatal accidents

Mauritius to develop new Road Safety Strategy 2015-20 to reduce fatal accidents

The Prime Minister also noted that the government has come up with a new sanctioning mechanism for serious traffic offences to replace the penalty point system which has been abolished. (Image: motors.mega.mu)

In view of the alarming rate of road accidents in Mauritius, including fatal ones, the government is poised to develop a new Road Safety Strategy 2015-2020 to reduce fatal accidents and seriously injured persons by one third by 2020.

Mauritius Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth made this statement yesterday at the National Assembly during the Prime Minister’s Question Time. He noted that the strategy would address key areas such as speeding and drink driving as well as maximise the safety of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and particularly motorcyclists.

The Prime Minister stressed the government’s concern over the alarming rate of accidents, including fatal ones, and noted that a new system for issuing driving licences to motorcyclists will be put in place by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport.

He went on list the measures being implemented by the police to curb road accidents, comprising sensitisation sessions on road safety and causes of road accidents, roll over simulator to stress the importance of using seat belts, road block operations and installation of speed cameras around the country.

The Prime Minister also noted that the government has come up with a new sanctioning mechanism for serious traffic offences to replace the penalty point system which has been abolished.

“The Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport is currently working on the legislative amendments and proposed measures will be ready within the shortest possible time,” he said.

Mauritius has seen a spike in the number of fatal road accidents, which is reflected in the figures from January to December 2013 where the figure was 119 cases and rose to 125 cases in the corresponding period of 2014, translating to 261 cases of fatal road accidents in the overall period.

It may also be noted that in the year to date, from January to 26 February, 17 fatal road accidents have already occurred.

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