Mauritius: Road accidents highlighted by Mauritian media

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Road accidents during and after the New Year festivities were highlighted by the media in Mauritius this week.

The media noted that most of the accidents which resulted in casualties were caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol.

Four accidents which claimed four lives, including two former police chiefs in hit and run cases, occurred this week, the media in the island reported.

According to the daily "Le Matinal", more than 1,100 drivers were noted in several police operations to have been on the road between 1 and 3 January 2016.

The newspaper wrote that 26 of them were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and 252 for speeding.

It also reported a meeting of Police Commissioner Mario Nobin with high ranking officers from the different units of the force where, he said, “the police will not tolerate drivers who drive under the influence of alcohol”.

The editor of the daily "L’Express", Raj Meetarbhan, wrote that "this was a signal directed at road users as well as the authorities", adding “the challenge is bigger than we imagined”.

According to him, drivers in Mauritius have become very slack.

“Many of them do not fear to drink and drive. There is lack of courtesy, road regulations are not observed,” he wrote, adding that “the measures taken to fight road insecurity are inefficient”.

The media also commented on the ban of the use of plastic bags since 1 January 2016 in the island.

According to "L’Express", more than 50 people have lost their jobs this week following the ban introduced by the government. On its part, "Le Matinal" wrote about the alternatives to the plastic bag that are paper bags or those made of jute or from leaves.

Meanwhile, the daily "Le Mauricien" indicated that those found guilty of not observing the new regulations may be fined 10,000 rupees (about US$300). It mentioned nine types of bags that are used for food and other hygienic purposes that are exempted from the ban.

The newspaper also reported that December 2015 was the hottest month in Mauritius since 2003 adding that the Met Services said temperatures were higher by 1.6 degrees Celsius above the normal for the season.
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09 january 2016 17:43:04

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