On the occasion of Road Safety Week (26/09 – 01/10/2016) TAMWA joins with all Tanzanians and road safety stake holders to call for government reforms of the road safety legal and policy environment in the country,, specifically ‘The Road Traffic Act of 1972. The reforms should seek to address a set of identified risk factors in road safety which have never been well addressed in our current law, therefore the use of unwarranted speed, use of alcohol by drivers, non use of seat belts, helmets and child restraints have continued to be major causes of deaths and severe injuries.
TAMWA calls for stronger road safety laws as a matter of urgency given the number of road crash deaths which occur at an alarming rate in the country.
According to Tanzania’s Chief Traffic Police Commander, Mohammed Mpinga, from January- June, 5152 road crashes claimed lives of 1580 people across the country. He said that 4,659 people were injured in car crashes, and more than 430 died and 1,147 injured in motorcycle crashes. Globally, every year over 1.25 million people die due to road crashes. Whereby between 20 and 50 million more people suffer non-fatal injuries, with many incurring a disability as a result of their injury.
TAMWA believes that by adopting and enforcing good road safety laws, Tanzania can significantly reduce the road carnage and the emotional and economic toll these deaths and injuries take on families.
TAMWA realises that a lot of women and children bear the brunt of road crashes, although data on direct victims of road safety shows that men are the most affected. In actual fact women and children are strongly affected through loss of income and the need to care for seriously injured family members. Also by changing our driving behaviour, we can help to make our villages, towns and cities safe. Every action we take, as drivers or as passengers, can change the outcome of a journey and the future of families.
Edda Sanga, Executive Director of TAMWA stated “The United Nations and the World Health Organization acknowledge that strong road safety laws are effective in reducing the number of people killed on our roads. Tanzania must have strong road safety laws to stop this public health crisis.”
The theme of this year road safety week is “NO Road Crashes – We want to live safely”