Activists, traffic police drill pupils on road safety

24Feb 2020
James Lanka
The Guardian
Activists, traffic police drill pupils on road safety

ROAD safety ambassadors in Kilimanjaro region have teamed up with regional traffic police office and provided road safety training to primary and secondary school pupils from 12 schools in the region.

The move aims at cutting down high rate of accidents that that authorities attribute to lack of road safety awareness among road users I addition to reckless driving.

Speaking here at the weekend during the road safety competition after a six-month training to eleven primary schools and one secondary school the Kilimanjaro Regional Traffic Officer (RTO), Superintendent of Police Zauda Mohammed said that the training entailed the good use of the road by pedestrians, road safety and first aid skills.

Mohammed said the trainings which kicked off in September last year and ended on Friday were sponsored by the Foundation for Civil Society adding that the initiative will continue in all districts of Kilimanjaro region.

She further explained that, most of the roads accidents in the region are caused by reckless driving who don’t abide with road regulations where by 80 per cent of accidents are caused by reckless drivers, 12 per cent of the road accidents are caused by the mechanical problems of the vehicles, 6 per cent of the road accidents are caused by climate change, while only 2 per cent of the road accidents are caused by bad infrastructures.

She further explained that, there are other new road signs like Deaf Sign, and Disabled signs, among many others, appealing the drivers to participate in various road safety and vehicle users’ trainings to learn them.

“This is not an end, my office will continue providing to you various training on road safety, road user’s guiding trainings for sustainable road safety in our region,” the RTO said.

Hamadi Hoza who was the Chief Judge of the competition and Francis Maneno who was among the trainers said that the after the training, they assessed to see if the pupils properly understood.

Primary chools that entered into the competition are Sango, Njiapanda, Uchira, Mnazi, Kiboriloni, Magereza, Karanga, Mwereni, Mailisita, Mabungo, Dr Shein primary schools located around Arusha/Dar-es-salaam highway, as well as St. Amachius Inclusive secondary school located along Moshi-Arusha highway in Hai district, Kilimanjaro region.

Hoza named the winners as Mnazi primary school, followed by Saint Amachius Inclusive secondary school and Sango primary school.

Kilimanjaro Regional Police Commander Salumu Hamduni commended the initiative, saying that his office is open for such further efforts in the region.

“My appeal to all drivers and other road users is to abide by road use rules and regulations to avoid accidents and loss of lives,” the RPC said.