Highway Safety: Status and Prospects of Road Safety Unit
18 July 2012 - The Défi Media Group
In an unusually long response to Question Time to Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam has returned to the initiatives of the Road Safety Unit, in recent years.
He was responding to a question from the member Mahen Jhugroo MSM, focusing on road accidents. On this occasion, the Prime Minister revealed that in 2011 there were 132 fatal accidents and 72 since January.
Navin Ramgoolam on the Road Safety Unit, revealed that this unit has overseen the development of a new National Road Safety Strategy for 2011-2020. Among the objectives of the Road Safety Unit: identifying priority areas, new policies related to road safety or the responsibilities of everyone. To do this, the Prime Minister announced a program of road improvement will be conducted, as well as regular audits or a better system of repression against those who violate traffic laws.
So that police officers are better involved in combating traffic offenses, the Road Safety Unit has made several proposals. Among, the creation of a unit of 30 police officers on motorcycles and the fact that police stations be equipped with equipment to detect violations of traffic laws related to alcohol consumption, or better police training.
The Road Safety Unit, said Navin Ramgoolam, has developed a Road Safety Communications Plan 2012-2013: "The goal is to raise awareness on road safety, to educate road users about the laws and encourage compliance , to reduce the number of injuries and deaths. "
The Prime Minister took the opportunity to greet his adviser on road safety, Ben Buntipilly, he called a "person with extensive experience." Before greeting his work as a counselor.