Digitalizing of roads and road information is becoming more prevalent.This is not only relevant to the developed nations but right here back home in Zimbabwe.
The Acting Director of Operations at the Traffic Safety council of Zimbabwe Mr Ernest Muchena mentioned this in passing during a live televised interview on TechMag Tv earlier on today.He also mentioned that Driving on the road must be done with the best legit practice and therefore it is essential to be a good licensed driver. This not only helps you the driver but protects every road user.
Live one on one with TechnoMag, the Acting Director of Operations at the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe was answering to why a lot of driving schools are found wanting when every driving school falls under their jurisdiction.
According to the live report gathered by TechnoMag, Mr Muchena castigated those who do not abide by driving laws saying that those who buy licenses risk losing their lives and any driving school caught on the wrong side of the law will face the music.
When this reporter began learning how to drive or what kind of car he may prefer to drive what came first in the minds of many vehicle buyers he interacted with was their preference for female driven cars.The reason accordingly was that females are more careful and keep their cars smarter and indeed safer on the roads than their male counterparts. It is in this light that the inclusion of female participants does not only address gender disparity in the transport sector, but is a step towards ensuring road safety. Generally, women are believed to be safer drivers than their male counterparts. They are less aggressive and more law-abiding than men. Licensed female drivers are not reckless and may therefore assist in improving road safety.
Perhaps females may contribute immensely as well to road safety though most male counterparts argue that females are the one’s behind most road congestions and carnage because of how slow they act being a little too extra careful on the road.
So whichever means is possible to encourage road safety all ways must be incorporated to contribute to a good a successful road trip and good driving as mentioned above they are highly correlated.
Muchena added that ”…the state of the mind of the driver together with state of the vehicle and that of the road and weather are key to successful trips. Good drivers will ensure road safety is not compromised and abide to the laws of the road. Good driving and good behaviour is therefore a must for every driver….”
He said ”….Drivers are strongly encouraged to desist from bad practices that may lead to road carnage, such as the use of cellphones while driving. Drivers and passengers should always fasten seat belts and take some rest to manage fatigue when driving long distances.
Speed limit devices are also strongly encouraged for public transport vehicles.TSCZ targets to reach an average of over 12 million road users and to train more than 35 000 drivers and instructors. In this regard, the lead agency will embark on digitisation of road information as it embraces the use of ICT to ensure wide coverage.”
A further reduction in fatalities and casualities is expected this year if the roads are fully digitized together with avoidance of plenty human errors on the road. To date, Zimbabwe has participated in a number of regional and international conferences to ensure road safety. Mr Muchena mentioned at the beginning of 2020, Zimbabwe participated at a Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Stockholm, Sweden.