Way forward to tackle road accidents in Tanzania

Way forward to tackle road accidents in Tanzania

Approximately 400 people die from motorcycle accidents yearly while 800 others survive with severe injuries, President Samia Suluhu Hassan told the public who attended the launch of Road Safety Week in Arusha on November 23, 2021.

She further said that 90% of road accidents could be avoided if people carefully observed road safety rules.

The President urged Police forces to advance their road safety education methods, including schools and tertiary institutes, to reduce road accident cases.

President Samia urged them to make use of social media platforms as that is where many youths spend their time more than watching television and listening to radio programs.

She reprimanded the tendency of holding drivers’ licenses against the laws and not forcing drivers to pay their fines immediately when they apprehend them.

With regards to a huge number of motorcycles held at police stations, President Samia urged Police to work on fine cases or fine the drivers.

She asked police to work closely with drivers so that they can run to them and not run away from them as she reminded road users to observe the road safety rules

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Simon Sirro said road accidents have reduced by 15.4% since January this year.