Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

25 November 2013

Tanzania: Police to Launch Drivers' Alcohol Test Campaign

TRAFFIC Police Chief, Mr Mohamed Mpinga said the unit will embark on a special drive to test alcohol among motorcyclists countrywide during the year-end period in a bid to reduce road accidents.

Mr Mpinga said in Dar es Salaam recently that motorcycles taxis are leading in road accidents thus they have decided to launch a special campaign to track offenders.

He said it has come to their attention that most taxi motorcyclists take alcohol while driving thus fail to observe safety rules and regulations and in so doing cause accidents.

Mr Mohamed, who is also the Secretary of the National Road Safety Council, said they have been informed of some notorious motorcyclists who take alcohol and drugs thus putting at risk the safety of their passengers.

"In most cases we have been testing if drivers are under the influence when we suspect them, but the campaign set to start next week will be conducted randomly thus will help us establish the truth," he said.

He said the campaign will go together with training to impart them with proper knowledge and the need for them to observe road rules.

"If you have been observing, motorcyclists drivers believe that traffic lights are not meant for them, they simply have the tendency of disregarding red lights believing that they can just squeeze their way through at will," he noted.

As a result, he said, many lose their lives from reckless driving, putting their passengers at risk as well.

Statistics show that during the year-end season, there is an increase in the number of road accidents thus the campaign will also include commuter bus drivers as well.

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