Tanzanian traffic police said Wednesday that road accidents in the East African nation declined by 48 percent in the third-quarter of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.

Fortunatus Musilimu, the head of traffic police in the country, said road accidents between July and September went down by 1,264 from 2,639 recorded in the same period in 2016.

Musilimu said deaths and injuries caused by accidents also went down by 298 or 32 percent and 974 or 40 percent, respectively.

He attributed the decrease to efforts by the traffic police force in enforcing road traffic regulations and raising public awareness.

“We have been raising public awareness through various programs,” he told a news conference at the launch of the Road Safety Week.

Musilimu warned motorists who violated road traffic regulations saying legal action will be taken against them.

Musilimu invited all road users at a road safety campaign set to begin on Nov. 18 in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

He said after the campaign traffic police force will not tolerate any traffic rules offenders.

“It is not our duty to educate drivers on roads, if they need education they have to attend the road safety week campaigns or visit our offices,” said Musilimu. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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