Traffic: Fewer people died in road crashes in 2018

19Apr 2019
The Guardian Reporter
DODOMA
The Guardian
Traffic: Fewer people died in road crashes in 2018

TANZANIA Traffic Police Commander, Fortunatus Muslim has said the number of road crashes has decreased in the past two years from 5,574 in 2017 to 3,732 last year.

Commander Muslim was speaking at a closing function to end journalists’ training on road safety reporting which has lasted for six months. The training was supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) through the Ministry of Health. 

He said apart from road accidents the number of injuries has been reduced to 3,746 in 2018 from 5,489 in the previous year.

The traffic boss added that the number of road accidents which were caused by motorbikes has decreased to 876 in 2018 from the previous year’s 1,459.

The total number of deaths caused by motorbike accidents in 2017 was 728 compared to 366 in 2018. He said injuries decreased from 1,090 in 2017 to 694 in 2018.

“We have managed to reduce the number of roads accidents with the support of various stakeholders including journalists”, said the Commander calling for journalists to continue educating the public on road traffic safety.

He asserted that the traffic department has set a six months target from January this year, to reduce road crashes by 45 percent. He said to succeed, they will engage different stakeholders including journalists in educating people road traffic safety.

Muslim said that traffic police will also conduct a number of operations across the country to arrest traffic rules violators as well we educating motorbike drivers on safe driving.

The recent  WHO report indicates that young generations aged between 5 and 29 years around the globe are mostly dying from road traffic.

It said road traffic related deaths have also been cited as the eighth leading cause of death among all age groups surpassing HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and diarrhea.

WHO Director General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus said that road traffic crashes have increased to 1.35 million a year and that nearly 3,700 people are dying on the world’s roads every day.

Dr Ghebreyesus mentioned reasons contributing to the accidents as rapid urbanization, poor safety standards, lack of enforcement and reckless driving associated with consumption of alcohol.

The findings shows that, enforcement of laws and adoption of safety standards, such as availability of seat-belts and fitments for car occupants in both front and rear seats, remain the challenging in many parts of the world including Tanzania.

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