GIS – 24 November, 2016: The police has taken a number of measures with a view to reducing road accidents. This reply was given in the National Assembly on 22 November 2016 by the Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, to a Parliamentary Question pertaining to fatal road accidents.
These measures are: vehicle check points to enable verification of drivers and sensitising them at the same time; intelligence led operations to target irresponsible or reckless drivers on public roads; and speed checks using hand-held speed detectors along prone accident areas to deter speeding.
They also include regular alcotest operations along the motorways, coastal areas and in the vicinity of discotheques; partnering with various stakeholders for the sensitisation of various groups, such as school children, elderly person, drivers of heavy motor vehicles and the general population; and reviewing cumulative offences aiming at improving drivers’ behaviour and reducing fatalities.
The Prime Minister added that the Police has also introduced the following new measures, which are Hot Spot Policing whereby Police vehicles with beacon lamps (Gyrophares) are put in place at strategic locations round the clock to discourage speeding and the use of non-police pattern vehicles to target road safety related offences.
He further underlined that a Traffic Enforcement Squad, staffed with 40 fully trained Police riders, has already been launched with a view to tracking unruly drivers on our roads and those who are not complying with the road traffic legislations.