TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS IN TANZANIA KILL 11,000 IN PAST THREE YEARS

Accidents on Tanzania's roads have claimed the lives of more than 11,000 people over the past three years, says Hamad Masauni, the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs (Interior).

Addressing the launch of the country's Road Safety Week in Geita Region, located on the western shores of Lake Victoria, on Monday, he said: "For the past three years, road accidents have killed 11,230 people over the past three years and injured 44,602 others."

He cited reckless driving and excessive speed as the reasons behind the road accidents.

Not long before Road Safety Week, 25 people died in two separate bus accidents.

With a motto "No road crashes -- We want to live", this year's Road Safety Week features an intensive vehicle inspection campaign all over the country.

Masauni directed the state-run Tanzania National Roads Agency to remove speed humps on highways, saying they are a cause of accidents instead of a deterrent against speeding.

Geita Regional Safety Committee Chairman Edward Nyauringo said that the week kicked off in line with training offered to drivers in an effort to curb accidents.

According to Nyauringo, most of the accidents in the region were caused by unskilled drivers who entered the profession without proper training.

Mohamed Mpinga, Tanzania's Chief Traffic Police Commander, cited the increase of motor vehicles, road users and defective vehicles on roads as some of the major reasons for the spike of road accidents.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.