Bukoba — ROAD carnage in Kagera Region will not be left to continue unchecked, claiming the lives of innocent Tanzanians, Kagera Regional Police Commander (RPC), Philip Kalangi has said.
He stressed that statistics on road accidents are shocking and called for action to put to an end the problem, a task for all road users and not traffic police alone.
According to the RPC, a total of 477 fatal accidents were recorded within three years (2010-2012), claiming 493 lives while 520 people sustained permanent injuries.
He said during 2010 a total of 200 road accidents were recorded, claiming 155 lives while 175 others sustained injuries. In 2011 a total of 156 people died in road accidents while 182 others sustained injuries.
Between January and December, last year, a total 182 people perished in 159 road Accidents, while 163 others sustained severe injuries and 182 people died last year compared to 156 people who died in 2011 in road accidents.
Between June 2008 and June 2012 - 15, 499 lives were cut short in avoidable road accidents countrywide. "Despite all efforts by police force and other stakeholders road accidents at present are not under control calling for concerted efforts to address the problem.
The statistics are shocking everybody, should help in ending the culpable accidents, we need to begin by changing the attitude of road users," he said. The RPC said most productive members of the population die or are disabled, causing serious economic loss to the family and communities.