ZANZIBAR: IN efforts to reduce road accidents, Zanzibar police have called for collective responsibility, commitment in law enforcement and adoption of new safety measures.
Police officer Ali Abdullah Juma from the traffic unit in Tanzania Police Force- Zanzibar, said at a monthly road accidents media briefing by the Office of Chief Government Statistician (OCGS) that they have plans to strengthen the anti-accidents campaign to save lives.
“In addition to ongoing various police operations, in collaboration with other authorities, we plan to increase public awareness and apply new measures to control accidents,” Mr Juma said, adding that the police collected more than 91m/- from traffic fines payment last month.
During the press conference, it was revealed that 14 people died in 16 accidents that occurred in October this year, with more than 50 sustaining injuries.
A Statistician, Ms Ramla Hassan Pandu said that the number of deaths has increased by 7.7 per cent from 13 people who died in 16 accidents that occurred in September this year. She said most victims remain to be pedestrians and two-wheeler riders.
She said that a total of 3,389 traffic offences were reported in October, all of which were committed by men and that the main offence is violation of road safety regulations and underage driving. Most of the cases were taken to court and most drivers convicted to pay a fine.
“All drivers who were involved in road accidents last month mainly due to violation of road safety regulations, including speeding and reckless driving leading to injuries and deaths were male,” she said, urging all drivers to be careful and take precautions to avoid causing accidents.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says road traffic injuries are the leading cause of deaths for children and young adults aged 5-29 years and that approximately 1.3 million people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes. More than half of all road traffic deaths are among vulnerable road users, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.