Tanzania: Containing Accidents – Will Speed ​​Cameras Stop ‘Killers on the Streets’ in Tanzania? – AllAfrica – Top Africa News | Episode Movies

ROAD carnage is ruining the lives of hundreds around the world and driving many people, particularly in developing countries, into abject poverty.

More than a million people die every year worldwide as a result of traffic accidents.

Street riots are reported to cause two to three times more deaths worldwide from infectious diseases such as malaria, HIV and TB.

Tanzania, with the fastest growing economies in Africa, experiences a number of traffic accidents annually, according to Ramadhani Ng’anzi, Traffic Police Commander of the Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police (SACP).

According to SACP Ng’anzi, between March and October 2022, a total of 1,368 road accidents occurred in different parts of Tanzania, killing 1,368 and injuring 1,689.

In the corresponding period of the previous year, there were a total of 1,205 accidents with 725 fatalities and 1,011 injuries.

Comparing the two periods, there is a slight decrease in the number of fatalities and accidents. “As you can see, there is a difference of 163 traffic accidents and 132 deaths… My goal is to ensure that there are zero accidents a day for 365 days. That’s possible,” emphasizes the traffic chief.

He added: “If all drivers obey the rules of the road by not driving at high speed, avoiding the use of headphones, drinking while driving, not crossing red lights, wearing their seat belts and all that sort of thing… we’re going to make that happen.” . I urge all drivers to abide by the rules.”

Main cause of traffic accidents

There are various factors behind the number of accidents reported in Tanzania which have been identified by police as the main causes of carnage.

According to the latest information from the Traffic Department of the Police, the main causes of road accidents (95.38%) are human factors, which are categorized as follows:

(i) Dangerous Driving

(ii) Driver’s Negligence

(iii) Cyclist Negligence

(iv) Motorcyclist Negligence

(v) Excessive Speed

(vi) Improper overtaking

(vii) Negligence of Pedestrians

(viii) alcoholism

Augustus Fungo, Chief Executive Officer of Road Safety Ambassadors (RSA) in Tanzania, says: “We believe that the devil is in the details, e.g. B. in the training and recruitment of our drivers, in unsafe roads and finally in the mechanical conditions.”

Regarding the situation, RSA is focused on raising public awareness of road safety so everyone takes their responsibilities on the road.

In addition, RSA is increasing advocacy for changing traffic laws and improving roads and motor vehicle roadworthiness testing.

As RSA chief explains the organization’s role in averting the situation, Mr Ng’anzi says there are currently a good number of police officers stationed in key accident-prone areas; some in and some out of uniform to monitor violations of traffic laws and regulations.

“No bus leaves the stand without being checked and on intercity buses we check that there are two drivers and also test their blood like two employed drivers and test them to see the alcohol level in their blood if the result is available shows that they have been drinking alcohol, they are not allowed to leave. Our goal is that passengers are in safe hands,” he said.

Fadhil Mohamed Pazzi, a truck driver who transports goods within East African countries, said that the presence of unqualified drivers who obtained licenses illegally is one of the reasons for many accidents in the country.

“Apart from drivers who have not learned to drive but just get their license and hit the road, there are others who drive without any knowledge of their car, a driver needs to understand the complete structure of his car, starting with the engine, the Braking system, the wind systems for those with large vehicles or trucks, lights and their reflectors, steering, tires have an expiration date… they need to know all these things,” says Fadhili.

Safe Speed ​​Foundation chair and National Road Safety of Tanzania member Henry Bantu noted that most drivers’ jobs are not secured by contracts and their earnings are therefore not known as there is no agreed fixed amount.

Therefore, they are forced to drive for long hours, which causes them to become tired and subsequently cause accidents.

He stresses the importance of educating drivers on road safety and says if they all stop and refuse to work beyond the hours set by authorities, the chances of avoiding road deaths will be great.

“A real organization of drivers should be institutionalized, it is important that they feel comfortable in carrying out their duties and have enough rest.

“By law, a driver is required to drive their car only eight hours a day, park the car, sleep the first four hours, rest one hour and sleep immediately the second four hours. But in Tanzania, only a few companies comply with this law. With this law, most want the car to be driven and packed only at night,” adds the truck driver.

Stop street carnage

The Government of Tanzania understands the negative effects of accidents and is developing plans to avert the situation.

According to Traffic Police Commander Ramadhani Ng’anzi, the Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police (SACP) said that in addition to the stationing of police officers in various critical areas, cameras installed at various locations in Dar es Salaam and Dodoma were also used to monitor the movement of pedestrians following along the roads have shown positive results.

He said they have increased the number of police officers in key accident areas and also stationed officers in uniform and others out of uniform to notify them of traffic violations.

“No bus will leave the stand without being screened and on long-distance buses there will be a check that there are two drivers and also their blood will be tested like your two drivers and they will be tested to see the level of alcohol in their blood if that is the Case is The result shows that they have been drinking alcohol and are not allowed to leave. Our goal is that passengers are in safe hands,” he said.