Editorial 2017 “Who is responsible for Road Safety?”
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Ghana: Bunso residents threaten to block Accra – Kumasi Highways
22nd March 2017
Angry residents of Bunso junction in the Eastern region, a community located along the Accra to Kumasi Highways have threatened to block the highways on Monday should Ghana Highways Authority remain adamant in responding to their several calls for construction of speed bumps at the Bunso Junction stretch of the road.
Residents argue that, several people mostly breadwinners have lost their lives through Pedestrian knockdowns by speeding vehicles while several preventable accidents have been recorded on that stretch of the road due to the absence of speed bumps to slow down speeding vehicles, adding that architects of the road also failed to construct footbridge for residents to safely cross the road to the other side.
The angry residents mostly youth issued this warning on Tuesday when they demonstrated to express their displeasure over the situation by hoisting placards with inscriptions that communicated their sentiments .
According to them, several complaints have been lodged to Highway Authorities and their Member of Parliament for the issue to be addressed however, to no avail therefore, issued a week a ultimatum to the Ghana Highways Authority to respond swiftly or risk preventing vehicles from plying the Accra to Kumasi Highways through Bunso.
Taxi crashes into light pole injured 9 people this morning in Kwa-Zulu Natal
22nd March 2017
Nine people were left injured this morning when taxi crashed into a lightpole on North Coast Road in Durban, KwaZulu Natal. ER24 paramedics, along with various other services, arrived on the scene and found the taxi parked onto of a roadside barrier and lightpole.
Several passengers from the taxi had already climbed out of the vehicle.
Paramedics assessed the patients and found that nine had sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate. Fortunately, no serious or fatal injuries were reported on the scene.
The patients were treated for their injuries and thereafter transported to various hospitals, including Addington Hospital.
Three die in kombi crash
Three people died on the spot while 17 others were seriously injured along the Bulawayo-Harare highway, 40 kilometres outside Kwekwe from Gweru.The Nissan Caravan commuter omnibus they were travelling in swerved to the right lane, overturned and rolled several times before plunging into a stream.
Eyewitnesses said the driver failed to negotiate a curve and lost control of the vehicle and it rolled several times throwing passengers outside before landing on its side in a nearby stream.
Gweru Fire Brigade sub officer Mr Ephraim Manzera said the vehicle hit a bridge and it burst its front tyre before rolling several times.
Midlands police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende confirmed that three people died on the spot and that as police they had no full details of the accident as they were still assessing the accident scene.
The injured were taken to Gweru Hospital and the names of the deceased are still being withheld until their next of kin have been advised.
Multiple vehicle pile-up on the N12
21st March 2017 Amanda Khoza, News24
Johannesburg – The number of people who have been injured or have died remains unclear following a multiple vehicle pile-up on the N12 near Putfontein, Gauteng, on Tuesday morning.
KAMPALA. Three people have been confirmed dead and five others injured in an accident in Mazaba trading centre, about 8 kilometres to Namutumba town, when a commuter taxi and Noah vehicle collided head-on at around 4:30pm.
The driver of the Noah vehicle, who was reported to be on the run by press time, was overtaking a stationary vehicle when it crashed in the oncoming Kampala-bound mini-bus. “The accident was caused by reckless driving…driver should not speed,” said Mr Stephen Magoma, the police officer in-charge traffic in Namutumba District.
Preliminary findings based on physical inspection of the vehicle suggest the Noah was not roadworthy, he said. All its occupants survived almost unhurt and the driver took off.
Of the three taxi passengers who perished, police was able to only identify Catherine Nandudu, a resident of Katali village in Sironko District. The other two deceased had no identification documents.
Police transferred the dead bodies to Namutumba Health Centre III while the injured, some seriously, were taken to Iganga Hospital for further management. The injured included two baby girls; one seven-months-old and the other 14-months-old. Police named them as Phionah Nekesa and Shamidu Milinda whose mothers Nubu Tibiwali and Dorcus Namanja, respectively, survived with injuries. Police named the fifth injured passenger as Harriet Kissa.
Today’s (Sunday’s) crash on the eastern Tirinyi highway happened five days after Toroma County Member of Parliament Cyrus Amodoi, who was buried today, together with nine other passengers perished in an accident on Jinja highway on Tuesday involving three vehicles.
Apostle Chiriseri ‘strike’ from the grave
A police officer who allegedly robbing the late Apostle Charles Chiriseri’s corpse of $200 has died.
Mkhokheli Mpofu (30), a constable, was hit by a car while manning a roadblock on Friday near the spot where he allegedly robbed the late founder of His Presence Ministries International pastor’s corpse in September last year.
He was set to appear in court on March 28 for allegedly stealing $200, which was in a pocket of the late Apostle Chiriseri at the accident scene. According to Mpofu’s workmates, they claim that Apostle Chiriseri’s spirit was exacting vengeance on him, the Chronicle reported.
Mpofu was initially injured at the 397km peg along the Harare-Bulawayo Highway in Mbembesi around 6pm. However, he died on admission at the United Bulawayo Hospitals on the same day around 7.30pm. “A former police officer Mr Peter Cahile was driving a Defender Land Rover towards Bulawayo and he failed to stop at the roadblock,” a source is quoted saying.
Mr Cahile told investigators he failed to see Cst Mpofu, who was in the road signalling for him to stop, as it was dark. “He stopped a few metres from the accident scene and was immediately arrested.”
Namibia: Nurses arrested for refusing to take blood sample
TWO nurses at the Katutura Intermediate Hospital emergency department were arrested for refusing a demand by the Windhoek City Police to take a blood sample from a drunk driving suspect yesterday.
The nurses, whose names cannot be disclosed, yesterday said three City Police officers arrived at the hospital at around 07h00 and asked them to draw blood from a suspect.
Since the suspect’s form stated that only a doctor was authorised to take a blood sample, the nurses said, they asked the officers to wait.
One of the nurses claimed that the officers insisted that they should draw the blood.
“I told them I was unable to do so,” the nurse said, while the other nurse said the officers insisted even when they were busy attending to a boy who had had a convulsion.
“One of the police officers kept knocking on the emergency door, demanding that we give him our names after we refused to take the blood sample. I asked the officer what he wanted to do with my name. I refused to give it to him. We were then told that we are under arrest for refusing to follow police instructions and refusing to give our names,” she said.
The nurses were taken to the Katutura Police Station where they were to be charged but were freed when Windhoek City Police chief Abraham Kanime ordered their release.
Kanime said yesterday that he had ordered that the officers who arrested the nurses be investigated.
“I want to understand how officers can arrest nurses who are on duty, who were attending to an emergency for that matter. They need to explain to me what warranted such an action,” Kanime said, adding that he was very concerned by what happened.
Kanime said civilians can be charged for refusing to assist or provide relevant information to an officer of the law, but admitted that officers can only arrest a nurse on duty if they were posing a risk to a patient.
One dead, 25 injured in gory Winneba accident
19th March 2017
One person has been confirmed dead in a gory accident Sunday morning at Okyereko junction on the Winneba-Kasoa highway in the Central region.
Two others are also in critical condition and have been rushed to the Winneba Specialists and Trauma Centre for treatment. The two are reported to be in coma due to the severe injuries they suffered.
The accident was occurred between two Sprinter Benz Buses with registration
number AS 7393-16 and GG 2006-16 after an attempt by a VW Golf car to overtake on a narrow stretch forced one of the sprinter buses to veer off hitting the side of the other sprinter bus.
In all 25 passengers were on board the sprinter bus as those who suffered minor injuries have been treated and discharged from the hospital.
Winneba MTTD Commander ASP Charles Obiri confirming the accident to Starr News Central regional correspondent Kwaku Baah-Acheamfour said the Police are still conducting its investigations.
Ghana: 2017 road accidents: NRC calls for strict regulations after 2,445 in 74 days.
19th March 2017
The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has urged road users to comply with all road regulations to enhance safety on the roads. The advice comes in the wake of the alarming spate of accidents in recent times, which the commission believes was preventable.
Police records indicate that barely 74 days into the year, 2,445 road accidents have been recorded nationwide, resulting in 426 deaths and 2,523 injuries. Speaking to the Daily Graphic in Accra last Tuesday, the Head of Communications of the NRSC, Mr Kwame Atuahene, said all the accidents recorded during the period were as a result of negligence.
Causes. Mr Atuahene attributed the high prevalence of accidents on the roads to speeding beyond approved limits, wrong overtaking, driving under the influence of alcohol, poor vehicle maintenance and unqualified drivers. He said if all stakeholders, particularly, drivers and passengers would adhere to road traffic regulations, most of the accidents that occurred would have been avoided.
Mr Atuahene said as part of initiatives to improve safety on the roads, the commission was holding dialogues with stakeholders to support national efforts at reducing road accidents. The discussions, he said, would consider the introduction of monitoring cameras on the roads and the introduction of spot fines to deter recalcitrant drivers.
Remedies. Mr Atuahene said the commission would also intensify its research and public sensitisation programmes with the hope of reducing the prevalence of road accidents in the country. “No matter the road sensitisations we do or the level of knowledge the public acquire on road safety, if they do not apply the knowledge, no meaningful impact can be achieved,” he said.
He stressed that road safety was a collective responsibility and, therefore, all stakeholders, particularly the commission, passengers, pedestrians and the Ghana Police Service, as well as vehicle owners, needed to be proactive in their respective roles.
Challenges. Touching on challenges of the NRSC, Mr Atuahene mentioned funding, and appealed to corporate bodies to fund some of the commission’s activities.
Tanzania: Motorcycle accidents continue to rob youth of their future
19th March 2017
Zimbabwe: Police launch national WhatsApp hotline
Anyone who feels cheated has a right to call the National Complaints Hotline on +263(0)47036311 where their complaints will be attended to immediately.
Meanwhile, below is a list of OFFICIAL fines that guilty motorists must pay as far as Zimbabwe Government’s Traffic Regulations are concerned. I recommend that you print this charge sheet and keep it in your car.
ZIMBABWE VEHICLE REGISTRATION & LICENSING ACT CHAPTER 12:14
List of penalties go to http://bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc-local-byo-106547.html
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Spokesperson Traffic Inspector CHIGOME:
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Namibia: Otjiwarongo Police accused of brutality on taxi driver
18 Mar 2017 By Mulisa Simiyasa
OTJIWARONGO, 17 MAR (NAMPA) A 23-year-old taxi driver was allegedly beaten up and gun-pointed by two police officers in the Orwetoveni residential area here on Thursday. The driver is Sakaria Tangeni Vaino. The Otjozondjupa Police on Thursday morning set up unexpected roadblocks, stopping and searching pedestrians and checking the licences of taxi drivers and street vendors.It was during this operation that the officers stopped Vaino, demanding his drivers licence.
Eyewitness, Esmeralda !Aebes told Nampa the beatings she witnessed occurred shortly after 10h15 along Dr Libertina Amathila Street, and lasted for about three minutes. I was standing at a braai stand when I saw a police officer approaching a taxi driver and heard him demand his drivers licence, !Aebes said. Shortly after, the officer then allegedly slapped the taxi driver twice and punched him in the face several times. He was joined by another police officer in punching the driver in the stomach and face until he spat blood on the ground, according to !Aebes. Thats why they let him go. The taxi driver did not fight back and he had produced a driving licence, she said.
Another eyewitness, Lovisa Kayambu, told this journalist a third officer was present but he did not touch the man. Kayambu said police brutality in Otjiwarongo has been going on for some time, and it is a concern. Both eyewitnesses said they would be able to identify the two savage police officers should they be paraded.
A brother of Vaino, Nestor Sakaria, told this agency his younger brother was arrested shortly after the attack by the same police officers. My brother told me that shortly after the attack on him, the same officers followed him, stopped his taxi and pointed a gun in his face, said Sakaria. Vaino was transported to the Otjiwarongo Police Station, where one of the officers laid a charge of assault by threat against him.
Case number CR 74/03/2017 indicate that Vaino had threatened to deal with the two officers who attacked him, once they were off-duty. Nampa established that Vaino was locked up on Thursday and remains in police custody. Otjiwarongo Police Station Commander, Chief Inspector Francis Makata said Thursday that he was aware of the incident and would investigate the case before pronouncing himself on the matter.
Otjozondjupa Regional Deputy Commissioner, Gerhard Uataurua Mavenjono condemned any attack on civilians by police officers. Mavenjono said no police officer is supposed to beat up or harass people, noting that officers are tasked with the national duty to protect people and their property. We always tell them not to beat anyone; they are aware of this, he said, adding that they will investigate the incident.
FRSC confirms 4 dead 3 injured in Sokoto auto crash
Four people died in an accident at the Eastern Bye-Pass in Sokoto City late on Thursday, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The Sector Commander of the FRSC in Sokoto State, Mr Mohammed Hamzat, confirmed the development in an interview with a NAN correspondent on Friday in Sokoto. He said the incident involved a Mercedes 200 car with registration number, AA-986-WRN, a tricycle and four motorcycles.
“The driver of the car lost control and swerved to the opposite lane of the express road. “The car crushed the motorcycles and the tricycles, their passengers and some pedestrians. “Three people died on the spot while the car driver also died later at the Specialist Hospital in Sokoto.’’
Hamzat said that three other people, who were critically injured in the accident, were currently receiving treatment at the hospital. The sector commander said that the dead bodies had been deposited at the mortuary.
ZA: Minibus collision in Rustenburg leaves 6 dead, 4 injured
James de Villiers, News24 17th March 2017
A minibus and truck collided on the N4 near Rustenburg. (Supplied)
Rustenburg – Six people have been killed and four seriously injured after a truck collided with a 26-seater bus on the N4 near Rustenburg on Thursday afternoon, paramedics said.
It is believed that approximately 25 people were involved in the collision.Paramedics arrived at the scene at approximately 17:30 where they found several people scattered across the scene, ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said in a statement.At least six people were found with fatal injuries, he said. Several people were still trapped inside the bus. Three helicopters weredispatched to the scene to airlift patients. Local authorities were deployed to the scene and investigations are underway.
Two arrested for causing Edo road accident in which 10 died.
A truck driver and his conductor have been arrested for causing a road accident that killed 10 people in Edo State. The only survivor of the accident is in critical condition at hospital.
The accident occurred at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday night between Ugoneki and Evbuobanosa villages along the Benin-Agbor-Onitsha expressway. Eyewitnesses said the truck driver was driving against traffic when it had a head on collision with a commercial bus. The truck was marked, FST 280 XR, while the 18-seater Toyota bus had the registration number MKD 492 XB.
Youths in the villages picked up the truck driver and his conductor and handed them over to the police. The Edo State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Samuel Odukoya, who confirmed the incident, said four passengers died after they were rushed to hospital.
He blamed accident on reckless driving.
Uganda: Tragedy as MP, 9 others perish in accident
Uganda Funeral Services Ltd van waiting by Jinja hospital mortuary door to transport Toroma county Member Parliament Mr Cyrus Amodoi who died in an accident Buikwe district traveling to Katakwi district on Wednesday.
Ghana to introduce dedicated traffic cameras in June
The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) is to install the first-ever dedicated traffic cameras in the country by June, 2017. The move is to help curb the recent high-incidence of road accidents.
Speaking on the Late Edition on 3FM, Deputy Executive Director In-Charge of Planning, Mr David Adonteng, said the new traffic arrangements is aimed at arresting reckless driving across the country and curb unwanted deaths on the roads.
Mr Adonteng was speaking to host of the show, Johnnie Hughes, from the Apam Junction accident site where a team of NRSC officials visited victims of the accident which claimed 14 lives and injured several others at the weekend. Statistics from the NRSC indicates that 1,990 deaths were recorded from a total of 11,378 road accidents at the end of November last year involving 17,746 vehicles.
Casualties stood at 12,154 and injuries at 10,154. Mr Adonteng was responding to claims that the high rate of accidents was due to human interference in traffic management systems, adding “we hope to introduce the cameras by June and hope that we will eliminate the huge human interference in traffic management practices across the country”.
Ghana ranks 38th worst country in world traffic accidents ratings per 100,000 at 24.60, while the world road traffic accidents standing as the 9th cause of deaths with a total of 1,254,526. Other worst performing countries are Cote d’Ivoire (24), Egypt (15.34). Iran, Iraq and Venezuela top the list, while Norway (2.86), Sweden (2.36 and Maldives (1.05) top the list with the lowest figures per 100,000.
Mr Adonteng said the Commission has had problems with human interface and was now moving their strategies a few notches higher to bring sanity and responsibility to road traffic management. He explained that when the traffic cameras are installed, “it will bring on board a completely new way of reducing speeding and recklessness on our roads; a system by which we will arrest people who jump red lights, drive recklessly and pose serious danger to themselves and other road users.”
Traffic cameras are highly in use in Europe and America and are a major resource to police security investigative processes. The new camera regime is collaboration between the NRSC and the Driver Vehicle Licensing Authority.
Comment: The process requires that the registered owners can be traced via a registration system. Since properties often don’t have a house number or name and street signs are rarely visible, local landmarks like bars, banks or even trees are used instead to help people find their way. Identifying the law breaker is one thing locating the law breaker is another issue – Ed.
Multiple-vehicle collision in Durban leaves 1 dead, 5 injured
16th March 2017 James de Villiers, News24
Durban – One person was killed and five others were injured in a multiple-vehicle collision on Wednesday on the M7 near Winston Churchill Drive in Pinetown, paramedics said.
It is believed the driver of a bakkie lost control of his vehicle, causing it to veer into oncoming traffic and collide with two other vehicles.When paramedics arrived at the scene one man was found trapped inside a light vehicle showing no signs of life, ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said in a statement.Assessments showed that the man had already succumbed to his injuries. Meiring said three other patients were found lying trapped in a second light vehicle, all in a serious condition. A fifth was found inside a bakkie with moderate injuries. Police are investigating.
Opinion: Road Traffic Accidents In Ghana – Let Us Enforce The Road Traffic Regulations Strictly
15th March 2017 By Ahanta Apemenyimheneba Kwofie III
The word accident by definition means that there is no intent of commission or omission so that does not necessarily make one liable criminally especially if it’s road traffic accident. Due to this, the National Road Safety Commission has been advocating for the use of the word “crush” in place of accidents since there is elements of negligence in most accidents and the circumstances under which they occurred.
As a young Police officer who has been investigating accidents for the past 7 years, I can authoritatively say that most fatal accidents in Ghana are purely due to the negligence on the parts of the drivers. With right mindset and the right approach to the enforcement of our road traffic regulations, we will survive the accidents crisis which seems to loom. Our approach to accidents have always been the reactive type, where we wait for accidents to occur before we rush to the scenes with a glint of hope to see whether we can save some people instead of proactive type where road traffic regulations are strictly enforced to avoid the occurrence of accidents in the first place.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global status report on road safety, 1.25 million people die in road traffic accident every year. What this means is that, road traffic accidents are a global phenomenon not unique to only Ghana but the measures put in place to reduce accidents to its barest minimum is what matters. In the advanced countries, the only (sic! – Ed) solution to accidents is the strict enforcement of road traffic laws and strict compliance by the citizenry.
Here in Ghana, 6 people die everyday in accidents, 150 a month and 1400 people in a year according to National Road Safety Commission. That should be a great source of worry for Ghanaians since no one is safe as far as road traffic accidents are concerned. Accidents do not cause deaths only but leave people in economic hardships and poverty. Many people lose valuable properties as well as leaving hundreds in permanent damages. The cost of an accident is physically and economically unquantifiable (No – Ed).
It is the mandate of the Road Traffic Department of Ghana police service -the MTD, to ensure that road traffic regulations are enforced to the strict compliance of offending drivers, riders and pedestrians but unfortunately this department of the police is suffering from battered image crisis as a result of wild accusations from the general and travelling public for bribery and corruption on our roads. In recent times this branch of the police service has to endure intermittent suspensions from the road particularly in election years due to administrative directives. Elsewhere in some other jurisdictions, their MTDs have been modified, their operations reviewed and well resourced to generate huge revenues for the state. It is very different here.
We also have the Drivers’ and Licensing Authority to blame if accidents are getting rampant on our roads. They are mandated to issue licence to drivers. For a very long time the activities of “Goro boys” have hampered the efficiency of DVLA and as a result of that many unqualified drivers who acquired their licenses through illegal means found themselves on the road without going through testing requirements about do’s and don’ts as well as road traffic signs which are to guide drivers on the road. They are causing death as results of rampage crush on our roads.
Accusing fingers should also be pointed at the National Road Safety Commission too. It is a commission back by Act 567/99 to promote and coordinate road safety activities and to give the public all the needed education on road safety. If you look at the behaviour of some people on the road, it suggest that, either the the Road Safety Commission is not working up to their mandate or the education is not going down well with Ghanaian people.
The first charge for every driver who is involved in road traffic accident is careless and inconsiderate driving contrary to section 3 of Act 683/04 as amended by section 3 of Act 761/08. With this charge, we try to look whether the accident was due to the negligence of the driver and as to whether he was considerate to other road users since he owes duty of care to other road users.
At end, we are to prove with collated evidences based on the circumstances that led to the accident that it occurred due to the carelessness of the driver and also as to whether or not he was considerate to other road users as well, or to establish authoritatively that the accident occurred due to a mechanical fault such as brake failure or tyre burst. If it is a mechanical fault, irrespective of the the number of lives lost in the accident, the law prescribes that we should leave the driver to go scot free.
We were told that the accident that occurred at Kintampo where a Truck loaded with Tomatoes was involved in an accident with a Metro Mass Bus that over 70 Ghanaians lost their precious lives was a mechanical fault. It means drivers who due to their actions and inaction caused the accidents are walking about free unless other contemplated charges were proffered against them.
The first to prevent an accident starts with the driver, followed by passengers and the pedestrian. If all these actors fail to play their role to prevent accidents, the state should intervene by ensuring that road traffic regulations are strictly enforced to the letter by giving the police independent role to enforce law and order on the road since that is their constitutional mandate to ensure that Ghana is safe for all and sundry.
I hear some 25 people have died in road traffic accident at Winneba. It is normal because we will soon forget it until another death in a similar manner either at the same spot, or another place before we start the talking again but we will never walk our talks to save ourselves from scary claws of accidents which are sending a lot of energetic people into early grave.
Ghana is a problem country with massive leadership and institutional failures. Rampant accidents on our roads test to that and I am a witness to it. We should enforce our road traffic regulations strictly and stay safe.
Ahanta Apemenyimheneba Kwofie III firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Richard Kamara,an eye witness said that the Noah was hit by the speeding Lorry after the driver tried to make a U-turn in the road.
“I was by the roadside by the time the accident happened. I saw the lorry and the Town Ace (Noah) heading opposite directions but all of a sudden, the Noah made a U-turn, a little too late for the lorry driver to stop,” Mr Kamara said. He said that the injured were rushed to hospital while one person died in the process.
Mr James Lumanyika, the OC traffic attacked to Wakiso District said investigations are ongoing to ascertain the cause of the accident, he added that the driver of the Noah is under custody. “We’re yet to identify the injured people and the one who died,” Mr Lumanyika said.
Zimbabwe: Gumbo must resign over bad state of roads
14th March 2017
TRANSPORT minister Jorum Gumbo must resign because he has failed to find a solution to the poor state of the country’s road network, in particular, among other failures, the opposition People’s Democratic Party has said.
Gumbo recently admitted in an address to Parliament that the government has not done enough to resolve the infrastructure crisis facing the transport sector. Bulawayo PDP organising secretary Bekithemba Nyathi said the Zanu-PF regime was highly responsible for the accidents that were claiming lives on a daily basis.
“As PDP we are still shocked not only by the unfortunate accident, but more by the regime’s failure to take responsibility and at least apologise to the family. We would like to call upon the Minister of Transport Gumbo to resign or better still (President) Robert Mugabe’s whole administration,” Nyathi said.
“Ours is a case of a failed State and a collapsed economy and the current crop of political players have no moral capacity to turn around the fortunes of this country hence the call for a National Transition Authority.”
Nyathi challenged the families of the accident victims to sue the government for negligence in terms of failure to rehabilitate road infrastructure despite the motorist’s paying out money at tollgates. A recent visit at Esigodini tollgate established that there were potholes even just before and after it.
Gumbo also described the country’s roads as deplorable “death traps.””You cannot drive safely as there is a danger to your car and to yourself because of potholes, particularly when it is raining because you cannot even tell whether you are going to hit a pothole, as it is just water. It is even worse in rural areas because the roads have been swept away. Even on tarred roads, you would wish you were driving on a dust road than a tarred road,” he told the Senate.
He, however, blamed the state of the roads on Cyclone Dineo which hit parts of the country recently.
Abuja-Kaduna highway is safe, secure, says Kaduna CP
14th March 2017
He said that the command had deployed enough resources to ensure the safety of travellers at all times.
The commissioner added that the police was conducting regular patrols on the highway using SARS patrol teams, air surveillance and police special forces. “The command wishes to reaffirm its commitment to maintain security of lives and property in the state. “We are encouraging the members of the public to cooperate with the Command in its intelligence driven policing principles,” Abeh said.
Three die, five injured in Ondo road crash
14th March 2017
Three persons have been reported dead, while five others injured in a road accident at Uso, along Akure/Owo road in Ondo State.
It was learnt that the accident, claimed the life of an octogenarian and two brothers who were said to be siblings. An eye witness said the carnage which involved two vehicles occurred as a result of excessive speed of the drivers of the two ill-fated vehicles.
One of the vehicles, a Toyota Highlander jeep was said to be heading to Akure from Abuja, while the other vehicle, a bus was going to Owo. It was gathered that the two vehicles were on high speed when the driver of the Toyota Highlander swerved to the other side of the road in an attempt to avoid a pothole, a situation which caused collision of the two vehicles.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the state police command, Mr Femi Joseph confirmed the accident, saying the two vehicles have already been impounded.
Ghana: 14 die in gory motor crash
The accident involved a sprinter bus and an articulated truck with registration number GE 3282- X which was travelling from Accra towards the Cape Coast section of the road Sunday afternoon.
The 14 people made up of 12 females and two males were among the passengers on board the sprinter bus with registration number GM 1129- 16 which was heading towards Accra from the Cape Coast section of the road. The bodies have been deposited at the Central Regional hospital morgue.
The accident is said to have happened when the driver of the articulated truck lost control of the steering wheel thereby veering into the lane of the oncoming sprinter bus resulting in a head-on collision.
It took the police and the fire service several hours to get the passengers out of the mini bus as they got trapped in there after the car had tumbled several times.
The police are therefore calling on road users to observe traffic rules in ending the numerous accidents happening in the region. especially on the Cape Coast – Accra Highway.
Centurion School Bus Crash
13th March 2017
School bus crash on tulip road in Mnandi Emer-G-Med is on the scene
6 people killed in Nakuru and Nyamira road accidents
12th March 2017
Six people have lost their lives in two separate road accidents in Nyamira and Salgaa areas. In the first incident three people died while another sustained serious injuries after a lorry lost control and overturned along the Nyamira-Kisumu road.
13 pothole horror deaths victims named
A commuter omnibus they were travelling in collided with a haulage truck in a horrific accident near the National University of Science and Technology.
In a statement yesterday, Local Government Public Works and National Housing Minister Saviour Kasukuwere said Government had joined the nation in mourning the deceased. He described the accident as tragic and said the nation shares the sorrow of the bereaved families and wished full recovery to the injured who are admitted to the UBH.
Kasukuwere said the bereaved families would receive $200 for each person who perished in the accident. “To all drivers countrywide, may I reiterate the fact that life is sacred and should be protected by all means possible. Due to the bad state of our roads countrywide as a result of unusually high rainfall, all drivers are urged to practically apply defensive driving tactics and also take advantage of daytime travel.
“I have since invoked Section (32) (c) of the Civil Protection Act Chapter 10.06 of 1989 and therefore assistance of $200.00 per deceased is being rendered to the bereaved,” said the Minister. On Thursday, National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said: “The accident involved a South Africa registered international haulage truck towing two trailers, and a Toyota Hiace minibus that was carrying 18 passengers onboard and a body.
On approaching the said spot, the haulage truck hit a pothole and the driver lost control of the vehicle. He then encroached onto the lane of the oncoming vehicles resulting in a head on collision with the kombi. Thirteen people from the minibus died on the spot, while four others were seriously injured and rushed to United Bulawayo Hospitals.”
Mourners from two families were travelling in the kombi with the body of a 14-year-old boy in a coffin, when the haulage truck coming from the opposite direction allegedly hit a pothole and jackknifed into the lane of oncoming traffic.
It collided with the kombi and dragged it for a distance. The truck’s load – tonnes of glass and wooden pallets – crushed the kombi.
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Comment. What is a life worth in Africa? Only $200? If that is the case, it is unfortunately cheaper to let people die than invest inroad safety and safer roads. There is no incentive to improve safety. In the UK the costs associated with a fatal accident is £1million (A valuation of road accidents and casualties in Great Britain – Gov.uk) – Ed.
Chapter 10:06 CIVIL PROTECTION ACT Acts 5/1989, 3/1992, 22/2001. 32 Application of Fund. Without derogation from the generality of section thirty-one, the Fund may be applied to—
(a) research and training which is calculated to promote civil protection;
(b) the acquisition of land, equipment, materials and other assets and the construction of buildings in order to promote the objects of the Fund;
(c) the cost of any scheme which the Minister considers to be in the interests of civil protection;
(d) meeting any expenses arising from the establishment and maintenance of the Fund;
(e) any purpose which the Minister considers to be in the interests of the development and promotion of civil protection.
The dirty secret of ‘African quality’ fuel
11 March 2017
The amount of sulphur in some fuel used in Africa is 300 times the level considered safe in Europe. It can cause a lot of respiratory diseases.
15 dead in horrific accident as truck hits pothole
10th March 2017
‘The driver is saying the truck reportedly hit a pothole and lost control before its load fell on the Kombi (Volkswagen camper van).’
Bulawayo – Fifteen people died in a horrific road accident near the city of Bulawayo in southern Zimbabwe – and it’s all being blamed on a pothole, it was reported on Thursday.
Fifteen people from two families travelling in a commuter omnibus to a funeral in Masvingo died when a haulage truck collided with their vehicle and crushed it in a horrific accident near the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo.
National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the accident yesterday. “The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to confirm the fatal road traffic accident which occurred at the 8km peg along the Bulawayo-Gwanda road, where 14 people died and four others were seriously injured.
“The accident involved a South African registered international haulage truck towing two trailers, and a Toyota Hiace minibus that was carrying 18 passengers onboard and a body.
On approaching the said spot, the haulage truck hit a pothole and the driver lost control of the vehicle. He then encroached onto the lane of the oncoming vehicles resulting in a head on collision with the kombi. Thirteen people from the minibus died on the spot, while four others were seriously injured and rushed to United Bulawayo Hospitals,” Snr Asst Comm Charamba said.
“Due to the state of our roads, the ZRP is appealing to motorists to avoid travelling at night and observe speed limits to preserve life. As police, we are quite saddened by the unnecessary loss of lives in situations which we could be avoided. Let’s all preserve the sanctity of human life”.
Mourners from two families were travelling in the kombi with the body of a 14-year-old boy in a coffin, when the haulage truck coming from the opposite direction allegedly hit a pothole and jackknifed into the oncoming traffic lane.
The truck’s driver told the state Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation that he hit a pothole and lost control. A minibus then collided with the truck. The ZBC put the number of the dead at 15.
Motorists in Zimbabwe complain bitterly about the road network’s twin menace of potholes and police roadblocks. At the end of January, Zimbabwe national soccer team defender Onismor Bhasera survived a serious crash after his BMW hit a pothole near Birchenough Bridge, Zimbabwe’s Soccer24 site reported
Female NYSC member set to pass out next month dies in Enugu 7 injured.
A yet to be identified female NYSC (National Youth Service Corps) member, who was set to pass out next month, died on Thursday, March 9, following a fatal accident along 9th mile round about in Enugu state.
According to report on Nairaland, the tragic incident happened just immediately after her CDS (community Development Service) meeting.
PARLIAMENT. Committees of Parliament absorbed budget cuts running in hundreds of millions of shillings so as to buy cars for all MPs.
Information given to Daily Monitor shows that after the Ministry of Finance said it would not allocate to Parliament all the money it had asked for to buy cars for all MPs, especially those with pending court cases, the House administration turned to its budget.
Out of Shs22.7b (USD 6 million) which had been allocated to House committees this financial year, Shs5.5b was slashed and diverted. Parliament’s communications director Chris Obore confirmed the cuts but explained it away as part of the government’s directive to secure money to feed the hungry across the country. “It is not true that the Finance ministry refused to give money to MPs because facilitation of MPs is statutory,” he said.
However, committee chairpersons confirmed to Daily Monitor that the explanation given to them for the cuts was to the effect that Parliament wanted to raise money to buy vehicles for MPs.
“The MPs had to be facilitated with the cars to ease their work but also committees need the money,” Mr Alex Byarugaba, the chairperson of the Natural Resources committee, said.
A similar explanation was given by the chairperson of the Rules and Privileges committee, Mr Clement Ogalo-Obote. “The reduction was just a general reduction by Parliament because the Finance ministry was not releasing money for all the MPs so it was decided that we find a way of buying all MPs cars,” he said. According to Article 81(1) of the Constitution, a Member of Parliament shall be paid such emoluments and such gratuity and shall be provided with such facilities as may be determined by Parliament.
Every beginning of each Parliament, the government, therefore, sets about buying vehicles for each MP. Government provides vehicles for its senior officials for official transport. However, unlike the lawmakers, such cars are not personal property of the bureaucrats and they leave them for their successors when they retire or leave work.
In Kenya, every MP is given a grant of Kshs3 million (USD 29,000) for, as a must, a four wheel drive car. The government holds onto the car logbook until the end of the term to ensure that the MP does not trade it off. After that, the MP takes the car.
More Kenyans dying in Western Kenya over bodaboda accidents
It has been cited that majority of the bodaboda riders do not observe discipline on the road as they ferry Kenyans to their various destinations. These bodaboda drivers mainly consist of young men who have no training on road safety. They only eye the prize money that their customers will pay and therefore a race for who will have most of the customers at the end of the day. The transport costs a minimum of fifty shillings and this business has been seen as profitable to the youths most who are jobless.
Bodabodas carry more than one passenger with cases of up to four people being carried at a go on one motorcycle. Furthermore, passengers do not have reflectors or helmets. All this has been ignored risking the lives of many Kenyans. This has become the norm with no one raising their voices to criticise such practices. The traffic police officers who are responsible with enforcing the safety rules are corrupt and only charge the riders with non-existent crime and ask for bribes to set them free.
The traffic police officers and the National Transport and Safety officials should run a crackdown on unroadworthy bodaboda operators. Bodabodas should carry a maximum of two passengers (and a driver? Crazy – Ed) with each wearing a helmet and a jacket reflector. People should not continue to ignore the road safety rules because our lives are in danger. The greed to earn more money quickly should not be the reason for accidents caused by bodaboda operators.
Lamu woman rep Abdalla Shakila survives grisly accident
March 9th 2017 By CHETI PRAXIDES
The wreckage of Lamu woman representative Abdalla Shakila’s car after the accident on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. /CHETI PRAXIDES
Lamu woman representative Abdalla Shakila cheated death on Wednesday following an accident on Witu-Mokowe road.
The legislator’s car rolled several times after its tyres burst at Maisha Masha area during the 2pm incident. Shakila and two other occupants of the Toyota Prado escaped with minor injuries.
She was on her way to Mpeketoni for celebrations to mark the International Women’s Day. She graced the women’s day event.
3 People die in grisly road accident along Namanga Isinya road
9th March 2017
3 people died on the spot in a fatal road accident involving 3 trailers along Namanga road near Isinya town on Tuesday night. The two trailers that were rammed into, belonged to Dricon transporters and were moving towards Kajiado with one towing the other.
Cape Town motorist appears for allegedly running over tourists, killing 1
8th March 2017 Jenna Etheridge, News24
Cape Town – A man suspected of knocking down a group of tourists – killing a Swedish national and leaving five others injured – appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
Darrel Kevin Fouter, 28, heard that a postponement was necessary because police were still investigating the incident that occurred on December 14 near his residence. Fouter, out on R5 000 bail, was told to return to court on May 9.He faces charges of culpable homicide, reckless and negligent driving and driving under the influence of alcohol. He was driving along Arum Road in Table View when he hit the pedestrians, said Western Cape police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Andrè Traut at the time.
Table View police said an eyewitness saw a vehicle speeding along the road moments before the incident. The driver was arrested at the scene and immediately taken to have his blood tested for alcohol.
The group of foreign nationals came from countries including Holland, Israel, Denmark and Sweden. Paramedics tried to save the young Swedish national, who had sustained multiple injuries, but were unsuccessful.
KZN Transport MEC attends funeral of N2 road crash victims
8th March 2017
MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda attended the funeral service of four members of the Ndebele family on 5th March.
MEC Kaunda joined the family and friends in bidding farewell to the four Ndebele family members, who were crash victims in the head-on collision on the N2 near the Engen One-Stop on Sunday, 26 February 2017.
Nine people are confirmed to have died in a collision between a taxi and a truck on the R63 between Komga and Bhisho on Sunday afternoon. The taxi was believed to be carrying passengers headed back to Cape Town following a funeral in the Eastern Cape on Saturday.
Two of those who died were in the truck – a mother and her son – while the other seven were in the taxi and included a child. Only two people survived the horrific accident – a taxi passenger and the truck driver.
Provincial health spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said both were still receiving treatment at Frere Hospital in East London. He said one man from the taxi sustained serious injuries, including a broken jaw. He and the truck driver were both being treated in hospital. He said the truck driver’s wife and son had been in the vehicle with him and both had died in the collision.
“There is speculation that the taxi was heading to Cape Town after a funeral in the Eastern Cape, but nothing can be confirmed yet and we don’t know how many other people they may have transported.” Kupelo said the front of the taxi had gone under the truck and a tow truck was used to separate the two vehicles. The jaws of life were then used to free the dead from the wreckage.
Frere Hospital chief executive Rolene Wagner said the patients’ families and employers had not yet been notified yesterday afternoon. Police said a case of culpable homicide had been registered at the Komga police station.
Four policemen die in Lagos auto crash
While Inspectors Olusegun Ajiboye and Donatus Nwaego, who sat at the back, as well as a woman Sergeant, Umoru Blessing, died on the spot, Corporal Idowu Ibidapo died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, where he was rushed to.
News of the police operatives’ death threw the X-Squad into mourning as their colleagues, including the Commander, Bode Fakeye, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), who was said to have shuttled between LASUTH and Ikorodu morgues on Sunday, were visibly sad.
The team which was in a Nissan frontier van marked NPF409D had attempted to make a U-turn when the unmarked 911 lorry veered off its lane and rammed into them. Reliving her ordeal, the crash survivor, Ibitola Egbeola, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and leader of the team, said it happened in split seconds.
The policewoman, who was discharged from the hospital after she was certified unhurt, described her survival as a miracle. She said: “The whole incident happened within a twinkle of an eye. We were going to do a U-turn at Agbowa when we saw the lorry that veered off from its lane, facing us. There was no way our driver could manoeuvre, as there was a ditch to our right.
“The next thing I heard was a bang, followed by a black out. The next time I opened my eyes, I saw myself inside an ambulance, with Corporal Idowu, heading to the hospital. My survival can only be attributed to God.” According to the command’s spokesman, Olarinde Famous-Cole, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), the driver of the unregistered lorry fled the scene as soon as the accident occurred.
Ten die in E Cape crash
7th March 2017 Yanga Funani
Ten people have lost their lives in a crash on the R63 between Bhisho and Komga in the Eastern Cape. A mini-bus taxi collided head-on with a truck. One person has been airlifted to hospital.
Two people died and 12 others were injured in a car crash in Kirinyaga County. The incident, which occurred on the Makutano-Embu road at Difathas market, involved a 14-seater matatu and a Toyota Probox.
The survivors were taken to Embu and Kerugoya hospitals for treatment. County police commander Joseph Nthenge said the man and the woman died on the spot. “Two people among them a woman succumbed to injuries instantly but the rest who escaped death were rescued by the police,” Mr Nthenge said.
The matatu was heading to Embu from Nairobi and all the seats were occupied. Witnesses said the public service vehicle veered off the road, rolling several times before landing in a ditch.
Residents and police officers had to use axes to cut through the vehicle’s body to free the trapped passengers. “They hacked away metals to rescue the trapped victims. Some had suffered multiple fractures,” Ms Mary Muthoni, a witness, said.
The wreckages were towed to Wang’uru police station. Mr Nthenge said investigations have been launched and cautioned drivers against speeding. “To avoid such fatal accidents, drivers plying local routes should adhere to traffic rules,” he advised. He warned that drivers found flouting traffic rules will be arrested and prosecuted.
Zanu-PF’s Mukupe in car accident
Zanu-PF legislator for Harare East Terrence Mukupe who was mentioned in the fuel scam involving four tankers that entered the country with 140 000 litres of diesel purportedly in transit to the Democratic Republic of Congo, whose contents were emptied in Chitungwiza and replaced with water, was involved in an odd car accident yesterday.
Mukupe was in Johannesburg South Africa in the last few days and he indicated on facebook that his car had a breakdown on his way back to Zimbabwe. Mukupe wrote, “The devil is a liar, I will only die when God says it’s time!!! Back to sender I’m alive!!!”
Fatal collision earlier on Sunday between a VW golf & an Intercape bus
5th March 2017
A Motor Vehicle Collision involving an Intercape Bus and a light motor vehicle, a red VW Golf, happened on the N2, just before the Villiersdorp turn-off.
Sadly the driver of the golf was declared dead on the scene. There is unconfirmed reports that three people, including the driver of the golf, has died in this accident.
The exact cause of the accident is not yet known. The South African Police Service was on the accident and will be investigating.
6 die in multiple car pile-up
5th March 2017
Bloemfontein – Six people have been killed in a crash involving several cars in the Free State early Sunday, the Road Traffic Management Corporation said. The crash happened along the N8 between Thaba Nchu and Botshabelo.
Five vehicles were involved.
“Reports indicate that two vehicles initially collided head-on killing five people on the road. This set off a chain of events where three other vehicles got involved in crashes on the same scene. “The third vehicle… drove through the scene and collided with the debris,” the corporation said in a statement.
“The fourth vehicle slowed down to avoid the scene but the fifth vehicle could not stop and drove into the rear of the vehicle killing one person.”
SAPS investigates culpable homicide case after 7 people were killed in head-on collision
5th March 2017
Road closed on route N8 in the Free State
5th March 2017
Free State N8 Route Road Closed due to a Fatal Crash
Road closed between Botshabelo & Thaba Nchu
- A Toyota Probox that was heading to Kisii town hit a pothole before it swerved and hit an oncoming Subaru car.
- Kisii County Commander Agnes Mudambi said 10 people were to hospital for treatment.
At least four people, among them a pedestrian, have died following a crash involving two private cars in Jogoo, along Kisii-Nyamira road early Saturday. One passenger died on the spot while two others and a pedestrian died at the Christamarianne Mission Hospital while undergoing treatment.
No one was injured in the Subaru car during the dawn accident. Kisii County Commander Agnes Mudambi said 10 people were to hospital for treatment. Doctors at the hospital said many of the patients sustained chest and head pains.
A witness told the Nation.co.ke that a Probox car heading to Kisii town hit a pothole before it swerved and hit an oncoming Subaru car. The Toyota Probox was carrying 13 passengers and was in high speed, according to witnesses. Among the dead is a security officer who was on his way to work to relieve a night duty colleague.
Magistrate in fatal head-on collision
The newly transferred Guruve magistrate Mathew Mutiro was involved in a fatal head-on collision at the 46 kilometer peg along Mazowe-Centenary highway on Friday.
Eye witnesses allege a Concession council owned Isuzu was trying to overtake a scotch cart full of tobacco there by encroaching into another lane resulting in a head on collision.
“The Isuzu car tried to avoid the scotch cart there by encroaching into an oncoming traffic and there was a head – on collision,” said the source.
When Bulawayo24.com arrived on the scene the deceased was still trapped in Mutiro’s car and Mutiro who was behind the wheels had been carried to Mvurwi poly clinic and later transferred to Harare.
Speaking to Bulawayo24.com the magistrate complained of back and chest pains. “I am in pain my chest and back is giving me problems but the doctor has given me an injection and it is getting better,” he said.
Victims of Isuzu kb identified as Mazai and Mufandaedza cheated death as they came out with minor scratches. Meanwhile, Mvurwi traffic police attended the scene and sent the deceased to Mvurwi mortuary for safe keeping this morning.
The section does not have a car and private cars had to be used to attend the scene. Additionally, fire brigade Bindura reportedly responded late to the incident.
According to police road accidents are on the increase in Mashonaland Central province.
Efforts to contact Mashonaland Central police spokesperson inspector Milton Mundembe were fruitless as his mobile phone unavailable up to the time of this writing.
About 50 passengers that were heading to Kisoro town from Kampala were involved in an accident when the bus they were traveling in lost control and overturned at Mubwindi trading center in Muko Sub County in Rubanda District early on Thursday morning.
The Rubanda district police commander Mr Tai Ramathan said that the accident happened at about a half past midnight on Thursday. He added that the bus, Reg No UAV 119U belonging to Bismarkan Bus Company was heading to Kisoro from Kampala and none of its occupants died.
Ramathan added that one passenger sustained serious injuries and was rushed to Kabale regional referral hospital for medical attention together with those who had sustained minor injuries.
“The cause of the accident is reckless driving because the bus driver failed to negotiate the sharp corner. I appeal to the drivers on this Kabale-Rubanda-Kisoro road to always observe traffic rules and regulations, avoid over speeding and be aware of the night mist that usually covers the road especially in the valleys and corners. Putting on fog lights can also help the drivers that use this road during night hours,” Ramathan said.
Last week the Rubanda District vice chairman Mr Silver Baguma sustained serious injuries on the same Kisoro-Kabale road after he failed to negotiate a sharp corner as he rushed to attend the district council executive meeting.
Three people have died while several others have been injured in a road crash involving a matatu at Egesa along the Kisii-Marani road in Kisii County. The driver of the Premium shuttle operating along the Kisii-Kisumu highway lost control of the vehicle when it hit several potholes and consequently disengaging the brakes.
County Police Commander Agnes Mudambi said five other passengers were injured taken to the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital. Three people died and several others injured in a road accident at Egesa on the Kisii-Marani road in Kisii County.
The matatu, which was coming from Kisumu, was carrying eleven passengers and its driver when it crashed. One of the passengers, Mr Mogosi Getembe, said the driver lost control of the vehicle before landed in a ditch as he was trying to avoid hitting other vehicles. Mr Getembe blamed the many potholes on the road for the crash. “The driver was not even speeding. It is impossible to speed on that kind of road,” said Mr Getembe.
Mr James Mochama, a witness, said the matatu landed on its side as the driver tried to avoid colliding with oncoming vehicles. “These are not even potholes but (big) holes that stretch for several metres and are getting deeper each day. The road should be renovated immediately to avoid any other deaths,” said Mr Mochama.
Fiery Friday for Pinetown taxi driver
2017-03-03 Jenni Evans, News24
Durban – Friday got off to a fiery start for a Pinetown taxi driver when his taxi burst into flames and crashed into a building.
Rescue Care paramedic Garrith Jamieson said they received an emergency call at around 6:00 with a report that a taxi was on fire on Compton Road.
“The taxi somehow just caught alight,” said Jamieson. Everybody managed to get out unhurt and the taxi rolled away and crashed into a building where it carried on burning. Pinetown fire services extinguished the blaze.
An investigation would be held to determine what happened. It was not immediately clear how many passengers were inside because by the time emergency services arrived a huge crowd had gathered to watch the spectacle.
Elderly woman crashes car through Spur window
2nd March 2017 Cara-Lee Dorfling, Netwerk24
Port Elizabeth – An elderly woman who had apparently confused the accelerator and the brakes on her car, crashed through a window of the Spur restaurant in Jeffrey’s Bay on Wednesday.
“We heard a car rev and the next moment there was a helluva noise – and a car in the restaurant’s play area,” André Olivier, the owner of J Bay’s Tampa Bay Spur, told Netwerk24. The Nissan Sentra ended up halfway through the massive window.
The driver, who is in her 80s, got out of the car without any assistance. “The tannie was very shocked, but at least wasn’t hurt. “And fortunately there was no one in the play area, otherwise it could have been disastrous,” said Olivier.
The car is an automatic and Olivier thinks she might have mistaken the accelerator for the brake. Even though the parking lot next to the restaurant is fenced in, the car came in through the only gap, at the entrance.
“There is an opening which serves as entrance to the stoep and as things would have it, the car managed to get through,” said Olivier.
The costs of damage to the massive window, aircon, carpet and tiles still have to be determined, but Olivier says the fact that no one was injured is the most important.
Police spokesperson Captain Gerda Swart confirmed the incident and said no charges are being investigated.
At least 9 killed in Walkerville crash
2nd March 2017
Johannesburg – At least nine people were killed in a minibus taxi crash on the R82 near Walkerville outside Johannesburg on Thursday morning, emergency services said.”Reports from the scene indicate that a taxi veered across the roadway and slammed into a concrete bus stop,” Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said.”Paramedics arrived at the scene and found that the taxi was ripped apart, accident debris and the injured commuters were spread over a large area.”
Road crashes kill 16 in 20-days in Ghana Eastern Region
1st March 2017
The Eastern Regional Fire Service Commander, ACFO Joshua Nguah, has expressed worry about the recent increase in vehicular accidents recorded in the Eastern Region, even before the end of the first quarter.
About 11 accidents have occurred in some parts of region in the month of February alone, with over 32 casualties and 16 deaths, including the death of the former Member of Parliament for the Akwatia Constituency.
In the early hours on Tuesday, February 28, three persons lost their lives with 9 others injured at Omenako, a town in the Suhum Municipality, when the vehicle they were travelling in ran into a parked articulated truck by the roadside.
Speaking to Citi News, the Eastern Regional Fire Service Commander said “these recent accidents are a major worry for us. I am personally not happy at all about the happenings on our roads. The number of deaths we have recorded so far is very alarming and it’s high time we work assiduously to stop the carnage.” “Between February 9th to 28th alone, we have recorded more than 11 accidents in the region on the Kpong -Akosombo road, Nkawkaw0Kumasi road, Suhum-Nsawam road, and the suhum kibi Anyinam road where more than 32 casualties were recorded and over 16 on the spot deaths, those who may have lost their lives on admission at the various hospitals are not even included.”
Issue with road markings. ACFO Nguah blamed some of these accidents to the absence of white markings on the road, which he said makes it difficult for drivers at night, and the failure of heavy trucks to use triangle reflectors to caution other road users.
“What I have noticed is that, the markings on the main Kumasi highway is not visible enough, in some cases there are no markings at all and drivers plying the route face difficulties in staying in their designated lanes, others who drive with their highlights on also impair the sight of the opposite drivers making it difficult for them to see clearly.”
“Secondly, bigger trucks who faces challenges and suffer breakdowns in the course of their journey leave their trucks at the edge of the road without using reflective triangles to warn approaching vehicles. The recent accident which led to the death of the former member of parliament for Akwatia is as a result of somebody’s negligence; it could have easily been avoided if the truck which was parked at the roadside had triangular reflector warning sign displayed,” he said. Nguah thus called for a collaborative effort from the Police service, the National Road Safety, Ghana Highways Authority, and other stakeholders to reduce the carnage on the roads.
“Going forward, I believe one of the measures we can employ to avert the carnage on our roads is that we should collaborate with all the stakeholders. The Police needs to inform us the fire service; give details on broken down trucks parked on sides of the roads; we have machines we can use to tow these trucks from the roadside to safer places.
Stop senseless killings on roads – Rev. Dr Opuni-Frimpong
1st March 2017
- Traffic police should up their game
The Christian Council of Ghana has called for a halt to what it describe as the ‘senseless killings on the country’s highways.’
It said there had been countless number of carnage on the country’s major roads in recent times, most of which could have been avoided.
Accidents. Cataloguing a number of road accidents that had claimed lives on the country’s major roads, the General Secretary of the council, Rev. Dr Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, called for effective measures to make the roads safe.
He mentioned one of the causes of the accidents as broken-down vehicles on the Kumasi-Accra, Accra-Cape Coast, Cape Coast-Takoradi, Techiman-Kintampo roads among other highways. For instance he claimed that as at last week, there were as many as 27 broken-down vehicles on the Kumasi-Nkawkaw road alone.
Rev. Dr Opuni-Frimpong said as a result of such recklessness, many lives had been lost on those roads. According to him, the recent death of the former Member of Parliament for Akwatia on the Kumasi-Accra road was a typical case of ‘senseless death.’
Blame. He laid the blame squarely on the doorsteps of the Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, urging it to enforce and tighten road regulations without fear or favour. “We are asking them to tighten their efforts so that such vehicles would be removed and the owners surcharged,” Rev. Dr Opuni-Frimpong proposed.
He further called on the MTTD to ensure that all broken-down vehicles were towed immediately to avoid further killings. Rev. Dr Opuni-Frimpong also advised drivers not to leave their broken-down vehicles in the middle of the roads.
He said the council was aware of the number of groups and individuals who had on many occasions also expressed concern about the carnage on the roads. “But we need to go beyond expressing concerns to finding solutions. It is the MTTD that is supposed to make sure our roads are safe. That is why we are calling on them to enforce the laws,” Rev. Dr Opuni-Frimpong added.
He said the MTTD could liaise with private towing companies to tow broken-down vehicles for a fee. Rev. Dr Opuni-Frimpong explained that the council’s concern was about the negligence and irresponsibility on the roads, which the MTTD needed to deal with decisively to save lives.
The protest is believed to be organised by the Coal Transportation Forum who have said in a statement that they organised the protest in response to government’s committment to renewable energy which the forum believes will lead to crippling job losses in the sector.
The incident happened around Kiptunga Forest Monday night.
The trucks belong to Comply Industries Limited – a wood products manufacturing company based in Nakuru.
The victims were identified as a local pastor and one of his worshippers.
Road accidents: Over 3,000 dead in 2016
28th February 2017
ALGIERS- A total of 3,306 people lost their lives and 25,705 others were injured in 14,452 road accidents nationwide in 2016, said the National Gendarmerie on Tuesday.
For the year 2015, the number of dead dropped by 13.02%, injured by 29.88% and road accidents by 29.2%, said Director of the constituted units of the Command of the National Gendarmerie, Colonel Mohamed Triki by presenting the toll of road accidents and road safety activities of the National Gendarmerie for 2016.
For Colonel Triki, this drop is due to the “strategy adopted by the Command of the National Gendarmerie to decrease by 30% the number of road accidents in addition to the measures taken in this regard and efforts deployed on the ground with the partners to ensure road safety.”
The same official said that about 40 accidents occurred everyday with a toll of 9 killed and 70 injured.
Human factor remains the first cause of these accidents (86%) followed by pedestrians with 5.78%, the condition of vehicles (4.72%) and the environment (0.89%).
Ghana: 6 feared dead on Kumasi–Suhum road
28th February 2017
About six people are feared dead in an accident that occured on the Kumasi-Suhum road Tuesday morning. The accident happened around 5am when the driver of a Hyndai Grace passenger vehicle rammed into a stationary truck that had been parked on the road resulting in the vehicle summersaulting.
An eye witness, Ruth, who spoke to Kasapa News stated that the unfortunate incident had created a gridlock on the busy road with no police presence at the time of filing the report.
‘Stop causing holdups’, Officer tells commercial drivers
Commercial drivers have been warned to stop obstructing traffic by picking and dropping off passengers on the road.
The Divisional Commander of the Ota division of Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Adekunle Ajibade, has issued a warning to commercial drivers.
According to The Nation, the TRACE commander has advised drivers to stop causing holdups, especially at the Tollgate/Sango, Ogun State axis of the Lagos/Abeokuta Expressway, by picking and dropping off passengers.
Ajibade had a similar advice for traders and hawkers, whom he begged to ensure the free flow of traffic by staying off the roads.
“Obey traffic rules for your safety,” he added.
Accident victim files $80 000 lawsuit against Mzansi Express
A BULAWAYO bus accident victim has filed an $86 000 lawsuit against Mzansi Express, after he got injured in a horrific crash that occurred along the Bulawayo-Beitbridge Road in 2014.
Florence Moyo, who was one of the passengers, claims she sustained multiple injuries when the bus driver, Isaac Mathanti Ncube, lost control of the vehicle, which eventually overturned and injured her on February 25, 2014. The matter has been set to be heard on March 7 by Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Nokuthula Moyo.
In her summons, Moyo submitted that $6 000 was for special damages and $80 000 as general damages. “Plaintiff’s claim against the defendant is for payment of interest on the total figure of $86 000 at the prescribed rate of 5% per annum from the date of issue of summons,” reads the summons in part.
In her declaration of the claim, Moyo submitted that on February 25, 2014, Ncube lost control of the bus near Mazunga area, resulting in the accident. “The said accident was caused by the negligence of defendant (Ncube). In one more or all of the following respects, he travelled at a speed which was excessive, failed to stop or act reasonably, where the accident seemed imminent, failed to keep a proper look out in the circumstances, failed to keep the bus under proper control,” she submitted.
Moyo said the accident was due to negligence of the company through failure to service the bus so as to keep it roadworthy. She said she sustained injuries, which included loss of teeth, a double fracture on her right ankle, fractured ribs and damages to her spinal code. She said she is currently receiving physiotherapy and will continue to do so.
“As a result, the injury sustained by Florence Moyo, suffered damages in the amount of $86 000, which is calculated as follows, estimated future expenses $4 000, special damages consisting of cost or damaged items being lost cash in the sum of 12 150 rands, spectacles $300, cellphone $500, bus ticket $22, general damages as a result of pain and suffering, loss of amenities of life and permanent disfigurement $80 000,” reads the declaration of the claim.
Woman the sole survivor of horror crash that kills 10 near Middelburg
2017-02-26 Jenna Etheridge, News24
Cape Town – A woman in the front seat of a minibus-taxi was the sole survivor of a head-on collision with a truck outside of Middelburg, ER24 paramedics said on Sunday.The crash around 21:00 on Saturday killed 10 people in the taxi, said spokesperson Werner Vermaak. When medics arrived on Old Middelburg Road in Mpumalanga, they found the 22-year-old woman had been seriously injured.They extricated her from the vehicle and rushed her to a nearby hospital. The truck driver sustained minor injuries and was taken to the same hospital, said Vermaak.
Road accidents: 11 killed, 18 injured in two days
26th February 2017
ALGIERS- Eleven people were killed and 18 others injured in 12 traffic accidents, which occurred in the last 48 hours, across the national territory, said Civil Protection in a statement on Saturday.
Chlef had the heaviest toll one person dead and 9 others injured.
In addition, three people died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning from home bath heater in Ain Turk, Oran province.
On the other hand, emergency care was given to 4 people bothered by carbon dioxide leak in Setif.
In addition, the units of Civil Protection intervened to extinguish 5 urban and industrial fires in the cities of Algiers, El Oued, Adrar, Tipaza, and Blida, where relief was given to 2 people who were affected by smoke.
ALGIERS– National Centre for Prevention and Road Safety announced Thursday that 1900 road traffic accidents, killing 244 people and injuring 2 605 others, have been recorded last January.
Compared with January 2016, there is a fall in the number of accidents by 27.16% and injured by 29.67%, the Centre said.
The center disclosed that more than 8,800 holder of driving licence delivered less than two years ago was behind 30.69 road accidents in 2016.
A total of 43.29% of the killed and 48.02% of the injured in the raod accident in 2016 are aged between 20 and 39 years old.
Human factor remains the main cause of those accidents with 96% of them were the result of speeding and violation of road signs.
Road Traffic Accidents Could Be Another Epidemic In Sierra Leone
26th February 2017
Road traffic accidents are a major, but neglected national health problem that is requiring concerned efforts for effective and sustainable prevention.
After the ten year senseless war, and almost two years of the Ebola epidemic, Sierra Leone is once again facing carnage of traffic accidents that the nation does not seem to pay attention to. 2016 however, could be recorded as a year of tremendous lives lost due to road traffic accidents across the country. How much did the police Department review and intervene in determining the causes of rigorous road accidents raises my 50 Million Leones question.
Using a quantitative survey with my clients mainly from the United States and United Kingdom, road traffic accidents is the number one causes of unnatural deaths today in Sierra Leone. I discovered that the main causes of accidents in Sierra Leone are due to several reasons that undermining the safety of people on road transports. On the basis of the investigation I made, I examined the social processes and dimensions embodied in road transport regulations on the broad spectrum of circumstances in which road accidents frequently occur.
Viewing the issues in the urban cities, and Freetown in particular, many drivers, approximately 20 to 35 %, own their vehicles, therefore their driving tends are more cautious since they have a single vehicle on which their livelihood and personality depends, hence they have to be careful with it. On the other hand, the majority of drivers on public transport fail to adhere to the driving standards of taking extreme caution, instead, rushing every time to reach to a destination. Consequently hundreds of fatal accidents have occurred and many people have been left with physical and psycho-social disabilities.
Respondents to my interview believe that authority pays little attention to the fact that there is no possibility to ensure road traffic safety conformity of roads to the country’s safety requirements. Despite the fact that the rules and regulations for road traffic safety are on the book, yet most of those rules have never been implemented and enforced by the law informant authorities.
According to findings, high incidence of road accidents has been recorded in the last several years due to various factors. The most serious one is drink driving that police do not seem to pay attention. Authority fails to understand and examine the influence of alcohol on drivers.
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Students narrowly escaped death when the vehicle they were travelling in got involved in a crash on the Nakuru-Nairobi highway. The 23 students from Murindu Secondary School in Nakuru were heading back home from Naivasha where they had participated in sports festivals when their van was hit from behind by a lorry.
Gilgil OCPD Sarah Koki confirmed the accident and said two students suffered serious fractures. She said others were rushed to St Mary’s Hospital where they were treated and discharged.
Medics at the hospital told Nation there were no fatalities and those admitted are out of danger. At the same time, Ms Koki said that a mother and her child were hit and killed by a lorry at Kikopey. Ms Koki said the the driver lost control veering of the Gilgil-Nakuru highway. The baby was eight months old. “The woman was walking on the sidewalk when she was hit and killed,” she said.
The OCPD added that the driver recorded a statement, indicating that he swerved off the road to avoid colliding with oncoming vehicles. She said police have started investigations.
7 killed in multi-vehicle Blood River crash
2017-02-25 Jenni Evans, News24
Durban – Two teenagers were among the seven people killed in a multi-vehicle pile-up between Dundee and Vryheid in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday morning, KwaZulu-Natal emergency services said.The accident happened when an SUV, a sedan and a truck collided just after 07:00 on the R34 near Blood River, said EMS spokesperson Robert Mckenzie. At least one person was seriously injured in the crash. The cause was not immediately known.Further afield, two men were killed and five others injured in a head-on collision on the N12 approximately 18km outside Potchefstroom on Friday night. ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said a driver and a passenger were already dead by the time paramedics arrived, but the five other people were treated on the scene and rushed to Potchefstroom Provincial Hospital.
Namibia: Speeding can cost you your car
News – National | 2017-02-24 by Ndapewoshali Shapwanale
CARS will be seized and drivers arrested over speeding if the transport ministry gets its way.
Both Namibian police traffic unit head Ralph Ludwig and City Police senior superintendent Adam Eiseb yesterday confirmed talks with the transport ministry over the reintroduction of a regulation under which drivers caught speeding excessively could be arrested and jailed without the possibility of paying an admission of guilt fine.
“Nothing is official yet. This is still all in process,” Eiseb told The Namibian. The ministry’s intention is to have drivers caught speeding over 151km/h in 120km/h zones arrested immediately, and their vehicles seized. Official submissions by the ministry to the Office of the Judiciary state that the car will eventually be forfeited to the state. According to Ludwig, the driver will be able to get his vehicle back after paying bail, but if caught a second or third time, then the state would take ownership of the vehicle until a court decides otherwise.The proposed stricter traffic regulation is a direct consequence of the increase in traffic offences which have led to an increase in road injuries and deaths, as well as the destruction of property, due to speeding and inconsiderate driving. Ludwig and Eiseb feel the new regulation was one way of deterring road users from speeding. Eiseb added that the provision would also be applicable to those found speeding over 120km/h in urban areas, where the limit is 60km per hour.
“This is better than to pick up lifeless bodies from accidents,” he added.The deputy director of transport legislation in the transport ministry, Chris Fikunawa, declined to comment on the matter, as it was based on leaked correspondence from a government department. “The ministry will unfortunately not comment on the content of the letter at this stage as the content contains a matter which is still under discussion. The public will be duly informed when all formalities and legal issues surrounding the matter are clarified,” Fikunawa stated.The intervention would give effect to sections 81 and 107 of the Road Traffic and Transport Act, which makes reckless, inconsiderate driving or speeding an offence which can lead to the seizure and eventual forfeiture of a vehicle.Politicians travelling in official vehicles will, however, still be exonerated from compliance with speed limits. (Fortunately they will have to comply with the laws of Physics in the event of a crash – Ed).
Kenya: Four people killed in Naivasha road accident
By Antony Gitonga Thursday, February 23rd 2017
A police signboard cautioning motorist at a blackspot. PHOTO: FILE
Four people died and one person was seriously injured following a grisly road accident involving two trucks along the NairobiNakuru highway.
During the incident near Marula farm which is 10kms from Naivasha town another passenger escaped unscathed as transport along the busy road was paralysed. One of the three men died on the spot during the Wednesday evening incident while the other three succumbed to their injuries while undergoing treatment.
The accident occurred after a trailer heading to Nakuru from Nairobi rammed into an incoming trailer killing the driver on the spot. A witness Rose Njeri said that the overtaking trailer was to blame adding that the driver was in high speed and driving carelessly. “The trailer was overtaking a fleet of vehicles when it ended up hitting the other truck with one person dying on the spot,” she said.
Speaking on phone, the superintendent in charge of Naivasha subcounty hospital Dr Joseph Mburu said that they received three patients who were seriously injured. He added that the trio died as plans were underway to transfer them to Kijabe mission hospital for specialised treatment. “The three were suffering from head injuries while two had fractures but unfortunately we lost them while undergoing treatment,” he said.
A senior police officer who declined to be named confirmed the incident adding that the bodies were lying at the Naivasha mortuary. “The accident was caused by careless driving and overtaking in which four people including the two drivers have died,” said the officer.
At the scene, personal effects soaked in blood were littered all over as traffic police moved in to manage the traffic snarlup.
City of Windhoek bus routes to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists
23 Feb 2017 The City of Windhoek (CoW) reintroduced the suspended bus route system that will soon accommodate pedestrians and cyclists.
The 14 bus routes were announced and then suspended last year November due to operational challenges such as passengers reaching their destinations late. The route saw busses halt at too many stops in the western suburbs of Windhoek, which delayed passengers.
The matter was however resolved and the City has also addressed other issues including not enough space at terminals for buses to park. The bus routes will provide frequent services to residents of almost all western suburbs to and from the city centre, and to other areas including Klein Windhoek, Auasblick and Rocky Crest.
During a bus test drive with the media on Wednesday, CoW Manager of Public Transport, Clarence Rupingena said the City will build infrastructure in a secure environment on the 14 bus routes for pedestrians and cyclists. They will not have to worry about being run over because bus stops, cycle lanes and zebra crossing setups will be built to allow them to make better use of the road.
He said the CoW is in the final stage of installing tracking systems in 30 buses, which will aim to determine how long a bus ride would take from one bus stop to another in real time. The system will also help ease the flow of traffic in Windhoek.
Speaking during the bus ride, Minister of Works and Transport, Alfeus !Naruseb, said the implementation of the system is a great start, and he foresees improvements in Windhoeks public transport. Attempts have been going consistently with regard to the Move Windhoek concept, he said.
The concept is a joint project by the CoW, Ministry of Works and Transport, and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), which strive for an affordable, accessible, attractive and efficient public and non-motorised transport system. The plan was approved by Cabinet in 2014.
Ghana: NPP confirms demise of former Akwatia MP
23rd Feb 2017
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) branch at Akwatia in the Eastern Region has confirmed the death of the former Member of Parliament for the Constituency, Dr Kofi Asare.
The NPP says Dr. Asare died in an accident between Abetifi and Agogo road Tuesday evening. The Akwatia NPP Constituency Secretary, Eugene Acheampong who confirmed the sad news to Onua FM’s Yen Nsempa hosted by Bright Asempa explained that they were expecting President Akufo-Addo to give late Dr. Asare appointment in his government.
Mr. Acheampong explained that Dr. Asare drove his vehicle into an abandoned articulated truck in the curve on the Abetifi-Agogo trunk road Tuesday. He said the body is currently at the Nkawkaw Holy Family Hospital. Dr. Asare was working with Presbyterian University Collage, Agogo Campus.
He hailed from Akyem Wenkyi and left behind 6 children. He was 63.
[GERMISTON] – Multiple vehicle collision leaves six injured
22nd Feb 2017
Six people have been left injured this morning after a multiple vehicle collision on the N12 west-bound near the Kraft Road turn-off in Germiston. ER24 paramedics, along with another service, arrived on the scene to find the right two lanes of the highway completely blocked by several vehicles. Upon closer inspection, paramedics found that two large trucks and four light motor vehicles had been involved in the collision.
Paramedics found six patients walking among the vehicles. The six patients were assessed and found to have sustained minor to moderate injuries. Fortunately, no serious or fatal injuries were reported on the scene. The patients were treated for their injuries and thereafter transported to nearby hospitals for further treatment.
FRSC records noticeable decrease in crashes on Lagos-Ibadan expressway
22nd Feb 2017
The FRSC gave motorists, especially commercial vehicles and fleet operators, up to Feb. 1 to comply with the directive.
Barely three weeks into the enforcement of the speed limit device, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says it has recorded a noticeable decrease in crash rates on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
The FRSC Sagamu Unit Commander, Malam Mohammed Abdullahi, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sagamu, Ogun, on Tuesday. The FRSC gave motorists, especially commercial vehicles and fleet operators, up to Feb. 1 to comply with the directive.
Abdullahi told NAN that since the enforcement began, the expressway ‘notorious’ for its high traffic volume and fatalities had recorded a significant reduction in crashes. He noted that majority of the crashes hitherto recorded, especially on the completed and smooth portions of the road were speed-related.
The Assistant Corps Commandant attributed the sharp decline in crash rates to the compliance of commercial vehicles to the installation of the “speed limit” devices. Abdullahi said that if maintained, then the FRSC would be able to attain its 2017 “Corporate Strategic Goals” of reducing traffic crashes and fatalities along the corridor by 15 per cent and 25 per cent, respectively.
“It is a well known fact that the human factor in relation to speeding, accounted for 50 per cent of road crashes in the country. “Crashes involving commercial vehicles and trucks had always been prevalent but now we are seeing a decline as motorists begin to comply on the speed limiter policy. “Since the enforcement began on our roads on Feb.1, we have seen enthusiasm on the side of the drivers to adjust accordingly with the speed limiter policy.
“I will like to commend Nigerians for their capacity to adhere to regulations when postulated. “It’s a scheme that everyone should embrace because of the other benefits of having the speed limiter installed. “It is one of the best decisions embarked upon by the FRSC to ensure safer roads in the nation by reducing crashes to the barest minimum,” he said.
Abdullahi said that efforts were on ground to expand the speed limiter policy to capture private vehicles in view of the advantages of the device. He tasked private vehicle owners to be proactive and get the device installed for their own safety and for the benefit of their vehicles. “It is advisable that everyone obtains the speed limit devices. It is just an attempt to take away the human control of speed and transfer to the machine.
“ Abdullahi said the FRSC was determined in achieving drastic reduction in road crashes in the country to meet with the United Nations ‘Decade of Action’ for road safety running through 2011-2020.
Comment: These results are encouraging, however 3 weeks is insufficient time to draw any robust statistical conclusions. It should also be noted that obeying a speed limit does not guarantee personal safety. Lower speeds do result in less severe crashes but drivers should also adopt a speed suitable for the conditions (e.g. wet roads). This often means driving at speeds lower than the posted limit. Speed limiters have their own limitations – Ed.
Three die in a grisly road accident on Meru – Nanyuki road
Ingwebu breweries truck accident
21st Feb 2017
TSHOLOTSHO bound Ingwebu breweries truck overturned outside depot in Bulawayo.
Ekiti State Governor reacts to proposed nationwide ban on okadas
Governor Ayodele Fayose has weighed in on the proposed nationwide ban on commercial motorcycles, popularly known as okadas, by the Federal Government. In a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka on February 19, 2017, he said the ban would only worsen things, Punch reports.
Fayose also assured the riders of his support, adding that the ban would not affect them.
In his words, “In Ekiti State, we won’t ban okada because it is a source of livelihood for a lot of families. Why would anyone even contemplate such when government did not create alternative jobs?
With this economic recession that is biting so hard, it is heartless of the Federal Government to even think of sending okada riders out of business, instead of putting machinery in motion towards checking their excesses.
The hunger in the land is killing and most of these okada riders are graduates who have taken to commercial motorcycling to survive because of unemployment. Many of them are even those who lost their jobs within the 21-month existence of this All Progressives Congress led-Federal Government and government workers, whose salaries are not being paid regularly. How does the Federal Government expect them to feed if their means of livelihood is taken away?
If commercial motorcycling is a major cause of fatal road accidents across the country as posited by the Federal Government, should proposing a ban be an option? Should we also say motor vehicles, especially heavy-duty vehicles, should be banned from plying our roads because they also cause accidents?”
Fayose is not the first person to react negatively to the ban. Just like the governor, commercial motorcyclists in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are also against the ban as it would take away their means of livelihood, The Guardian reports.
One okada rider, Abdullahi Dogo, said: “Government should remember that the rate of unemployment is high and banning commercial motorcycles means millions will join the league of the unemployed.” Another rider, Yakubu Usman, said the same things. “I don’t know how government expects us to feed if they take away our means of livelihood. “Many people in this business are unemployed and government workers who don’t get paid regularly. “This job is the only means through which they provide for their families after work and it is no use taking away their only source of income,’’ he told NAN.
Check out Governor Wike’s solution to traffic, accidents
21st February 2017
The governor of Rivers state may have succeeded in finding the perfect solution to traffic and accidents. Governor Wike’s solution is a new agency that will prevent traffic and accidents in Rivers state
According to The Guardian, the Rivers state governor has inaugurated a new road maintenance agency in order to have better streets.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony at the Government House, Port Harcourt, he announced that the main function of the agency would be to remove potholes from roads.
While stating the reason for the demise of the previous agency, he warned the new agency that it would suffer the same fate if it did not deliver.
Governor Wike also advised against financial misconduct. The chairman of the new agency, Mr Sam Agwor, responded by promising to do a good job.
One dead as vehicle plunges into Lagos river
20th February 2017
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Sunday confirmed one woman dead as a vehicle plunged into Mekwe river near Bonny camp, Lagos, on Saturday night.
Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, the spokesman of the agency, told newsmen in Lagos that the KIA Ultima SE model was with registration number MUS 38 BL and was carrying two persons when the incident occurred. According to Farinloye, the vehicle was recovered by the agency with the dead woman while her driver escaped unhurt on his own.
He said the river spot at which the incident occurred was the most turbulent in the whole of West Africa. “A car with 2 passengers plunged into Melee river near Bonny camp in Lagos Island on Saturday evening. “The vehicle was later recovered with dead woman by the agency while her driver escaped unhurt on his own.
‘Lady‚ your car is burning’: another Ford bursts into flames
Wendy Knowler | 20 February, 2017
Those words from a passing motorist gave Nomsa Dondashe enough time to get out of her Ford SUV before it was engulfed in flames on the N2 near East London at the weekend.
Somila Dondashe did not say it was a Kuga when she posted photographs of the burning vehicle on Twitter with the advice: “If you have a Ford‚ please return it‚ even when they insist nothing is wrong with the car. My mother’s car just burnt to pieces”. But many assumed it was a Kuga.
In was in fact a 2013 Ford EcoSport 1.5 litre‚ owned by her mother Nomsa‚ of Beacon Bay in East London.
Dondashe said she’d been complaining to a Ford dealership in East London about a “weird noise” in the engine for some time. The noise intensified where she was driving to Umtata to attend a funeral with a friend on Saturday. On reporting this to the dealership‚ she was told that the only thing she could do was contact a breakdown service.
Student shoots himself dead after surviving road accident
By CYRUS OMBATI Sunday, February 19th 2017
Brian Kagwe A university student shot himself dead moments after surviving a grisly road accident in Nairobi’s Loresho. Police say the deceased — Brian Kagwe — shot himself in the chest twice using his father’s gun.
His mother Ms Nyambura Kagwe, said her son came home visibly disturbed having been involved in an accident a few minutes earlier with friends. She said, Kagwe, a student at the United States International University in Nairobi had been partying in the city with his friends when they decided to drive home on Friday night. According to police, on reaching Slip Road, Kagwe’s car was involved in an accident that left one of his friends seriously injured. The other occupants had minor injuries.
Kagwe, 22, drove home at 2am restless and disturbed. On reaching home along Kabarage Drive, he woke up his mother and explained to her what had happened. He told his mother that because the friend had been injured he saw no reason to live. “The mother says the boy was upset and unsettled.
He went to his father’s bedroom and got his gun which he used to kill himself,” said Nairobi police boss Japheth Koome. The mother was apparently in the living room when she heard gunshots and on checking what had happened, found the boy bleeding. He was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. Koome said they are however investigating the incident to establish if there was any other party involved in the shooting given Kagwe had wounds in the chest.
In Mali the chief of army staff has banned the use of motorcycles for moving between villages in the Segou region.
The ban – that seems centred on areas where the Islamist Macina Liberation Front is active – comes into effect at midnight on Sunday and specifically states that motorised two-wheelers are linked to terrorism.
It’s an extraordinary decision for Mali where motorbikes are the number one form of transport. The decision comes in the wake of a clampdown in central Mali on ethnic Fulanis – who some Malian believe are linked to the Macina militants.
Human rights groups have criticised a Malian military operation which led to dozens of arrests and a number of deaths in the past week.
Truck collides with train
by Simbarashe Sithole 19th February 2017
A South Africa registered truck travelling towards Harare along Chirungu-Harare highway collided with a train in Mapinga at a railway-crossing on Saturday.
No serious injuries have been recorded so far. The train has blocked the traffic and motorists are forced to go through the bush
The truck driver is reported to have been ignoring railway’s from Chirundu border post.
Road accidents: 5 killed, 18 injured in 48 hours
Saturday, 18 February 2017
ALGIERS- Five people were killed and 18 others were injured in seven road accidents nationwide over the past 48 hours, said Saturday the Civil Protection in a statement.
The heaviest toll was recorded in the province of Bouira where a man died and three others were injured in the commune of Maala.
Over the past two days, units of the Civil Protection extinguished seven urban and industrial fires in the provinces of Guelma, Adrar (where a man was seriously burnt), Tindouf, Mostaganem, Bouira, and Boumerdes, while in Constantine a man died in a house fire.
Ghana: At least 20 people injured in multiple car crash at Okponglo
PETER SMITH 18/02/2017 General News
Several persons were injured when a trailer with failed brakes run into seven vehicles at the Legon Okponglo traffic light junction in Accra.
According to an account by Police personnel from the Airport Police station, the Friday accident involved four commercial vehicles, two private cars and a taxi cab.
Photo credit: Starrfmonline
Sergeant Owusu indicated more than twenty people with varying degrees of injuries were affected in the multiple vehicular crash, adding that they had been taken to nearby hospitals including 37 Military Hospital.
The accident resulted in a heavy traffic congestion on the Okponglo Tetteh Quarshie stretch of the Madina-Accra road. Fire Service personnel came to the scene of the accident to aid the Police in clearing the road and towing the cars away. The exercise lasted for over four hours.
Tanzania: Traffic Accidents – Govt Pressured To Act Tough
FEBRUARY 18, 2017
By Abdallah Msuya
More than 1.2 million people die every year with 50 million others injured or disabled owing to road traffic crashes, says a World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Road Safety Status report of 2015. The report points out that road traffic accidents are number one cause of death among the younger generation; mostly affecting people aged 15-29. Low and middle-income countries have the highest burden and road traffic deaths.
Thus, about 90 per cent of road traffic deaths happen in low-income and middle-income countries, which have less than half of the world’s vehicles. According to the report, road traffic accidents pose a big threat to economic growth and human development. For low and middle income countries, the loss is more than the total amount of development assistance they receive.
At family level, beyond the enormous suffering they cause, road traffic crashes can drive a family into poverty. “Road traffic injuries also place a huge strain on national health system, many of which suffer from woeful inadequate levels of resources,” says WHO National Professional Officer for the Road Safety Programme, Mary Kessi.
“Crash survivors and their families often struggle to cope with long-term consequences of the event, including the cost of medical care, rehabilitation and sometimes loss of the family breadwinner,” says Ms Kessi. “Road traffic accidents put considerable financial stress on affected families, who often must absorb medical and rehabilitation costs, funeral costs and such other costs in addition to extensive emotional strain,” she adds.
The chance of dying in a road traffic crash depends on where one lives. The WHO report indicates that the rate of road traffic fatalities in Africa is 26.6 percent per 100,000 population, while it is 9.3 percent in Europe. Worryingly, Tanzania ranks poorly in road safety.
Thus, the rate of road traffic fatalities in the country stands at an alarming 32.9 percent per 100,000 population. The Traffic Police statistics show that road accidents in Mainland Tanzania claimed 3, 256 lives of which 2,580 of the deceased were men and 676 women and left 8,958 injured in 2016.
Concerned by negative repercussions caused by road carnage, an alliance of non-government organisations (NGOs) on road safety have come forward, calling for tough laws to help reduce road traffic fatalities. The alliance, formed by 11 NGOs, seeks to create awareness on road safety and contribute towards reduction in road traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities and is appealing to government to amendment the Road Traffic Act of 1973.
The alliance argues that the government must adopt and enforce tough laws in order to change road user behaviour on key risk factors for road traffic injuries; speed, drink-driving, and the failure to use helmets, seat-belts and child restraints. “About 76 per cent of road crashes are a result of human faults such as reckless driving, over speeding and drunkard driving. These faults can be prevented if there will be a tough laws,” Tanzania Media Women’s Association (TAMWA) Road Safety Project Coordinator, Ms Gladness Munuo says.
Ms Mary Richard from Tanzania Women Lawyers Association (TAWLA) says the existing legislation is outdated and ineffective in the current situation. She says the current national drink-driving law has set a limit of 0.08g/dl BAC for all kind of drivers, contrary to international requirement of no more than 0.05g/dl for the general population and 0.02g/dl for young or novice drivers.
“Laws that set limits on BAC of 0.05g/dl or lower together with effective enforcement can lead to significant reductions in alcohol related crashes,” argues Ms Mary and she calls for tough penalties for drivers exceeding BAC limits to deter people from breaking the law. Many fatal road crashes are a result of over-speeding. According to a WHO study a 5% cut in average speed can reduce the number of fatal crashes by as much as 30%. “Urban speed limits should be 50 km/h or less, with the ability to reduce this to 30 km/h or less where there are high concentrations of pedestrians, such as around schools, markets or residential areas,” suggests the TAWLA official, quoting the WHO Global Road Safety Status report.
Road safety experts say wearing a seat-belt can reduce the risk of fatality among drivers and frontseat passengers by 45-50% and the risk of minor and serious injuries by 20% and 45% respectively. Ms Richard highlights the weakness of the existing road traffic Act, saying it imposes seat-belt requirement only for the driver and front seat passenger, whilst sidelining those at back seats.
The Alliance further proposes amendments to Road Traffic Act so that it addresses the issue of child restraints and use of motorcycle helmets in line with international road safety standards. “Neither current main legislation nor regulations for the RTA addresses the issue of child restrains in the motor vehicles,” notes Ms Richard, revealing that the current legislation does not require a motorcycle passenger to wear helmets.
“While the laws made requires motorcyclists to wear helmets, it is silent on passengers and does not establish the type and quality of helmets. We want all these to be addressed in the main legislation.
” The alliance recently presented their outcry before the parliamentary Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security, Constitution and Legal Affairs and Infrastructure committees. “As road safety stakeholders we think it is crucial the (Road Traffic) legislation is amended, and so there must be a political will.
That is why we called a dialogue between the lawmakers and different road safety stakeholders to see how we can quickly and efficiently change the legislation,” says Ms Munuo. The MPs shared concerns brought forward by the alliance and supported the move by forming a union of legislators that would push the government to make the much-needed amendments to the road traffic law.
[PIETERMARITZBURG] – Taxi and car collide injuring 14.
14 people have been injured this morning when a taxi and light motor vehicle collided on the Old Edendale Road in Pietermaritzburg.
ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene to find that the light motor vehicle had come to a stop on the side of the road while the taxi was found in the middle of the road. Several occupants from the taxi were found walking around on the scene.
Paramedics assessed the patients and found that 14 had sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate. Fortunately, no serious or fatal injuries were reported on the scene.
Paramedics treated the patients for their injuries and thereafter transported them to Northdale and Edendale Hospital for further treatment.
The cause of the collision is not yet known but local authorities were on the scene for further investigations.
Accident victims turned away from private hospital in Kajiado
Three people have died after a 45-seater minibus collided head-on with a pickup truck on the Tawa-Mbumbuni Road in Makueni County. The bus was heading towards Mbumbuni while the truck was heading to Tawa.
Mbooni East OCPD Peter Njeru confirmed the three deaths. He said police were still investigating the accident. Witnesses, however, claimed that five passengers were killed in the accident.
“The matatu was attempting to overtake a second matatu when it collided with the pickup,” an eyewitness, Stephen Kimanthi, told the Nation by phone. The injured were rushed to Tawa Hospital.
Zimbabwe: Minister in bizarre police spikes denial
Home Affairs deputy minister Obedingwa Mguni has made a bizarre denial that traffic police officers do not throw spikes under vehicles. Police officers routinely throw spikes at commuter omnibuses to deflate tyres and causing accidents in some instances.
However, deputy minister Obedingwa Mguni told parliament that no police officers uses the spikes despite police officers being armed with the spikes at any roadblock. He was responding to MDC MP Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga who had asked saying “I direct my new question to the Minister of Home Affairs.
” I would like him to clarify to us on the issue of police officers who move around carrying piercing metal objects which are called ‘spikes’, in English that they throw under vehicles. ” We realise that this has become a problem so many times. I would like the Minister to clarify to the House which law or policy the police use to throw these objects? I thank you”.
In response, Mguni said “I wish to state that police officers do not throw spikes under any car that is moving around because I heard the Hon. Member saying that they throw spikes under vehicles. No, they do not throw under any car” he said as quoted by the Parliamentary Hansard.
“The police officers have many and varied ways, using their Act, which they use in order to stop criminals. For example, a gunshot can be fired in the air – just one bullet. It can also happen that in the Act it was specified that a warning shot can be fired in the air in order to stop a criminal. “That is an operation that is done in order to stop criminal activities that happen in this country”.
Spike strips, also known as stingers, are used by police forces worldwide to immobilise vehicles by puncturing tyres. The stinger is composed of a collection of metal barbs or spikes pointing upward. Some police forces use hollow barbs which becoming embedded in the tyres and allow air to escape steadily in a bid to avoid a sudden flattening of tyres which can increase the risk of drivers crashing.
Three Kenyan musicians killed in road accident
By James Omoro 16th Feb 2017
Residents of Homa Bay town view a trailer that was towed by police at Homa Bay Police Station after being involved in a crash that killed three musicians in the county.
PHOTO: JAMES OMORO/STANDARD Three musicians have perished in a grisly road accident in Homa Bay County.
The three who were identified as Charles Onunga, Erick Omwanda and Vitalis Ochieng’ died when their motorbike hit a trailer that was transporting sugarcane from Kisumu. The incident occurred at Nyakinyi Trading Center along Homa Bay – Kendu Bay road.
Eyewitnesses said the motorbike rider tried to avoid a cow that was ahead of them before losing control. Ochieng’ and Omwanda died on the spot while Onunga died while undergoing treatment.
The musicians who were in their early thirties were on their way from Oyugis Town where they had gone to record their songs. Homa Bay county Police Commander John Omusanga said the truck driver was arrested and detained at Homa Bay Police Station. The driver will be arraigned in court after completion of investigations.
The police boss urged road users to adhere to traffic rules and regulations. “It is unfortunate that the rider was just evading a cow but ended up hitting the trailer. Let all road users be careful while on the roads to avoid these kind of deaths,” said Omusanga.
Namibia: Coping a year after Oshivelo horror crash
News – National | 2017-02-15 by Nomhle KangootuiGONE BUT NOT FORGOTEN … Relatives of Toini Ndapanda Wilhelm (31), one of the 15 people who died in the horrific minibus-truck head-on collision last year.
Fidelis Dhimbulukweni Mbalabala (20) was the only one who survived the accident while Junias Kiingali, the truck driver involved in the crash, was released on a warning.
ZA: Most car owners’ vehicles are paid-up
15th Feb 2017
Uganda: About 72 motorcycles have been stolen and 35 riders killed in the last five years.
14th Feb 2017
Ibanda. Operating a boda-boda business in Ibanda District has become very risky as theft and mortality rate of the cyclists soar according to police records. About 72 motorcycles have been stolen and 35 riders killed in the last five years. Other riders have reportedly been strangled and left unconscious.
Speaking at meeting of boda-boda riders last Friday, organised by the Resident District Commissioner, Mr Eliasto Akatuheebwa, the cyclists requested the district security team to find a solution to the increasing crime cases.
“Four people have lost their lives since January. The suspects connive with some riders at the stages to terrorise us,” Mr Ronald Mugisha, the chairman of boda-boda operators in the district said. According to Mugisha, the riders have so far lost Shs324 million in theft as the current purchasing price of a motorcycle ranges between Shs4.5m and Shs4.8m.
Mr Deo Ishungisha, the district traffic officer, confirmed the incidents but also blamed the cyclists for posing security threats as they ride motorcycles with folded number plates.
“In 2012, boda-boda riders in the district were 18,000 but the figure has grown to 30,000 which calls for more stringent security measures,” Mr Ishungisha said. However, the district police commander, Mr Denis Ochama, said: “Some boda boda riders refuse to give us information concerning bad riders and those who connive with the thieves at the stages.”
Mr Ochama revealed that most murder suspects are not boda-boda owners but those who hire the bikes or sometimes given to run the business. In a bid to address the issue, Mr Akatuheebwa directed police to register all cyclists in the district and also carry out an operation in all garages. The riders also asked for a special desk at every police station to handle their issues effectively having sited mismanagement of cases by some officers.
ZA: Children injured after vehicle crashes into traffic light
2017-02-14 Amanda Khoza, News24
Durban – More than a dozen schoolchildren were injured in northern KwaZulu-Natal when the light delivery vehicle they were travelling in to school lost control and crashed into a traffic light on Tuesday morning, paramedics said.IPSS Medical Rescue’s Paul Herbst said the accident happened in Sundumbili, in Mandeni.Herbst said about 17 to 18 patients were treated by paramedics. One patient was still trapped in the wreckage and personnel from Rural Metro Fire, a private fire department, were attempting to free them.Many of the children suffered multiple injuries.
About 20 schoolchildren were injured when a vehicle crashed into a set of traffic lights in Sundumbili, north of KZN. (Supplied: IPSS Medical Rescue)
Cartoon in ‘Namibian’ 14th February 2017
Kenya police arrest US diplomat for fleeing accident scene
From Associated Press February 13, 2017
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan police official and a witness say a U.S. diplomat has been arrested for allegedly fleeing a scene of an accident after allegedly brandishing his gun at the other driver in the accident.
Robinson Thuku, police chief in Nairobi’s central business district, said the diplomat was involved in an accident which he fled before police apprehended him and disarmed him. Thuku said police are investigating the circumstances that led him to draw his gun “but the traffic offence is obvious.” He said the diplomat was released on bail.
An Associated Press photographer at the scene said police fired three times in the air when they stopped the diplomat. The public affairs office for the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi confirmed the arrest but denied that the diplomat brandished a weapon.
Ghana: 8 confirmed dead 11 injured at Ewusiejoe near Agona Nkwanta
13 February 2017 Source: Graphic.com.gh
Eight people lost their lives in an accident that occurred at Ewusiejoe near Agona Nkwanta in the Ahanta West District of the Western Region on Saturday afternoon.
Eight people lost their lives in an accident that occurred at Ewusiejoe near Agona Nkwanta in the Ahanta West District of the Western Region on Saturday afternoon. The accident involved two passenger vehicles which collided whilst one of them was overtaking another vehicle.
A number of injured persons were in critical condition at the Effia Nkwanta Government Hospital at the time of filing this report. A police officer, DSP Peter Osei told Graphic Online that they counted eight bodies at the scene of the accident.
One of the buses, which was carrying mourners was heading towards Tarkwa after they had attended a funeral at Takoradi.
The vehicle was said to have rammed into another mini bus fully loaded with passengers and parked by the road whilst it attempted to overtake another vehicle. According to the police it summersaulted a number of times.
Moyale MP involved in grisly road accident
Photo: Toyota Prado registration number KCJ 986 A belonging to Moyale MP Roba Duba.
Moyale Member of Parliament Roba Duba was Sunday evening involved in a road accident on Kiganjo-Marua road near Kirichu market in Nyeri county. Confirming the incident, Nyeri traffic base in a statement sent to newsroom said the accident involved Toyota Prado belonging to the MP and motorcycle.
The motorcycle rider sustained serious injuries while two pillion passengers he was carrying died at the scene of the accident. The bodies were taken to PGH mortuary awaiting postmortem.
The rider was taken to Tumutumu hospital for urgent treatment. No one was injured in the vehicle, but it was badly damaged.
Five dead in horror KZN accident
2017-02-12 News24 Correspondent
70% of Bulawayo roads dilapidated
SEVENTY percent of Bulawayo’s road network is dilapidated, with 50 percent of the roads requiring immediate rehabilitation, an official has revealed.
The latest statistics come at a time when, last month- the Government declared Harare roads a state of disaster, moving in to assist the city to rehabilitate the roads some of which were said to be contributing to major accidents.
In the latest development, council senior public relations officer Mrs Nesisa Mpofu revealed that of the city’s total road network, of about, 2 100 kilometres, 70 percent was in a poor condition, which translates to 1 470 kilometres.
She revealed that the local authority needed approximately $690 million to bring the city’s roads to a “better” condition. “Most of the roads have outlived their lifespan. The service life of our roads (flexible pavements) ranges from 15 years for local streets, to 20 years major roads. The determination of design life is a factor of materials used, environmental conditions, and traffic loading
“To date 70 percent of the total network is in poor condition. More than 50 percent of the roads in poor condition require immediate rehabilitation. It is approximated that $690 million is required to bring the roads to good or better condition with $69 million required per year according to our Road Condition Survey,” said Mrs Mpofu.
She said as they moved towards improving the state of their roads, the local authority has come up with a facility targeted at stakeholders to assist in rehabilitating its road network, termed “Adopt a Road” scheme. Mrs Mpofu said they would further engage and lobby the Government for more funding through Zinara.
“In the Investment Prospectus recently published, road development and rehabilitation is also included. Industry is invited to propose ideas and partner with council in improving the condition of the road network.
“We have plans to adopt the latest technologies in our activities like thermoplastic paint and milling. Focus will also be given on preventing further deterioration of roads in fair condition. Activities that council will engage in include resealing, slurry and crack sealing. Reconstruction costs are 20 times more that resealing. We note that a stitch in time saves nine,” she said.
This year, Mrs Mpofu revealed that they were set to rehabilitate 53,9 kilometres of roads through the following periodic maintenance activities; 3,1 kilometres reconstruction, 16,1 kilometres reseals, 4,7 kilometres overlays and 30 kilometres regravelling. She said they were also engaging community groups for storm water clearing and pot hole patching of local streets to improve condition of suburban roads.
“Our plans will not include the rehabilitation of the road network only but we will be improving road safety, the plan being to replace the existing traffic signs and upgrade to Sadc standards, brought into force by Statutory Instrument 41 of 2016 (Road Traffic (Traffic Signs and Signals) Regulations, 2016) in the Central Business District (CBD) and along Airport Road.
“The local authority will further upgrade all the outstanding traffic lights controlled intersections by replacing 75 Watts ES signal incandescent lamps with eight Watts LED signal lamps,” she said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence and encouragement to the families, relatives and friends of those who lost their lives in a road accident that occurred at Kiengu Market in Meru County Friday.
In his message, President Kenyatta said he was deeply saddened by the loss of innocent lives through road accidents.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the families, relatives and friends of those who perished in the Friday accident. May the Almighty God give then the strength and grace to bear the tragic loss,” President Kenyatta said.
The accident, involving a goods truck and three other vehicles, occurred along the Maua-Farm-Kinna-Garbatulla road yesterday evening. The President also wished quick recovery to those who were injured in the accident and are undergoing treatment.
He directed the police to ensure that traffic rules are strictly observed and unroadworthy vehicles are removed from roads to minimise accidents.
New highway code on the cards
THE Government is set to introduce a new Highway Code next month as part of ongoing efforts to enhance road safety and reduce accidents on the country’s roads.
Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo on Wednesday told Parliament that the upgraded Highway Code embraces traffic signs in the Sadc region. “An upgraded Highway Code encompassing Sadc signs is set to be launched on 30 March, 2017. I urge Members of Parliament and the public to familiarise themselves with the contents of the code,” he said.
The Minister said Government has, in line with Sadc harmonisation of standards for testing drivers, started constructing at all VID yards, Sadc standard hill starts, three-point-turn, parallel parking and reversing facilities.
“The system entails that learner drivers who would have come for a road test, pick a ball from a basket with an office number leading them to the examiner who will take them for the test. “This strategy is envisaged to counter a pre-arranged corrupt choice of an examiner for the practical tests,” he said.
Dr Gumbo said plans were also underway to introduce road safety education into school syllabi. “A comprehensive road safety document has been submitted to the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education’s Curriculum Development Unit (CDU) for consideration with a view to including road safety education into the school curriculum,” he said.
Dr Gumbo said his ministry through the Zimbabwe Traffic Safety Council carries out continuous road safety awareness campaigns targeting children in schools, Junior Parliament, chiefs, headmen, and village heads. “The Traffic Safety Council also conducts training in defensive driving for both public service vehicles and private drivers all in a bid to reduce carnage on our roads,” he said. The Minister said some accidents were caused by poor road signage and lack of carriageway markings.
“There is a huge backlog on carriageway markings and general signage on our roads. Regrettably, most road signs have been vandalised and we are acutely aware of the contribution this has had on accidents on our roads,” he said.
Dr Gumbo said the rehabilitation and replacement of road signage requires a huge budget and urged people to report any acts of vandalism. He said retests for public service vehicle drivers have seen a reduction in loss of lives and property. The Minister said his Ministry has a zero tolerance policy to corruption in line with the aspirations of Zim-Asset.
Traffic offences fetch GHcedi 1.4m ($US 320,000) in fines for Government
GHANA: A trailer truck heading towards Pokuase, on the Accra-Nswaman highway has veered off unto the outer lane on the Mile 7 stretch.
10th February 2017
Details are still being gathered as to the cause of the accident, but reports indicate that the truck rammed into the rear of a mini passenger bus, toppling it over on its side.
An undisclosed number persons have been injured, as the police personnel are yet to gather the full details.
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Four killed in horror crash along R501
GAUTENG / 9 February 2017, Thembelihle Mkhonza
Johannesburg – Four people died and two others were injured Wednesday morning after a car crashed into another along the R501, near the Deelkraal and Welverdiend Road intersection in Carletonville. Paramedics found three men lying outside their vehicles. They had sustained numerous injuries and showed no signs of life, said ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring, adding that the trio were declared dead on the scene.
Meiring said nearby a woman was found lying on the ground outside her vehicle. She was in a critical condition. He said paramedics treated the woman and provided her with numerous advanced life support interventions. Once treated, she was transported to a nearby hospital. “Unfortunately, upon arrival at hospital the woman succumbed to her injuries and was declared dead,” said Meiring.
Two other people – a man and a woman – sustained moderate injuries. They were treated and transported to Leratong Hospital. Police are investigating the cause of the fatal crash.
Tanzania: Accident That Killed Habari Leo Staff Climbs to Eight
By Queen Isack 9th Feb 2017
Moshi — The number of the people who have died in the road accident which claimed also the life of Habari Leo reporter, Arnold Swai based in Moshi has reached 8 after another one who was hospitalised at KCMC Hospital also passed away.
Speaking with press in the area, Kilimanjaro Regional Police Commander (RPC) Mr. Wilbroad Mutafungwa said the incident which occurred on February 5 this year at Eastern Vunjo County Moshi District at noon had left seven people dead on the spot.
He said out of two people who were taken to the hospital for treatment from the scene, one of them named as Ally Athumani (19) passed away today morning at the institution. The RPC said Athumani used to work in the Mitsubishi Fuso that was involved in the accident as a porter, adding that its registration number was T 343 BNL, being driven by James Jonah.
He further said the vehicle was on its way from Tanga to Himo Town when its brakes failed while descending on a steep slope, and collided head on with a car registered as T 606 AQZ Toyota Surf that was coming from the opposite direction.
Mr Mutafungwa said the Toyota Surf was being driven by Jackson Kimambo, a journalist from Nipashe Newspapers who was from Rau Moshi. He said the accident also involved a motorcyclist who was riding a motorbike with registration number MC 131 AAN, who survived and has not yet been named.
The RPC pointed out that Athumani was the son of the owner of the Fuso, Athumani Baraka (38), a businessman from Muheza Tanga who is in police custody to assist naming and tracing the driver who managed to escape after the accident.
He named the other deceased persons as Secretary of CWT in Kilimanjaro also a member of NEC, Ally Mbagga (51), the owner of the Toyota Surf, Anastanzia Maramsha, and a third year student at Moshi Co-operative University and Chairman of UWT in University Society, Edwin Mselle who were in the Toyota Surf.
In the list he also included Neema Gadiel (22), as the passenger who was in the motorcycle, saying two more bodies of a woman and man have not been identified as well as their ages.
He said all the bodies are preserved at KCMC mortuary, adding that the public is free to come and help in identifying them. Contacted for a comment, Secretary of Media Club of Kilimanjaro (MECKI), Mr Nakajumo James, described the late Swai as a hard working man and deserved “remembrance” especially in the club society that will now miss his contributions.
8th Feb 2017
This incident involving a Munava bus that goes to Gokwe rural area proved before Christmas shines light on this problem of poor maintenance by bus operator. This is the first bus to be reported to have lost a chassis while it is packed with people on board.
7 people were injured in late night taxi & bus crash in Umbilo, Durban
8th Feb 2017
Seven people have been injured after a bus and a taxi collided on Umbilo Road near Chestnut Road in Umbilo Durban on Monday evening.
Rescue Care Paramedics responded to the call just after 11pm. On their arrival, they found that a bus and a taxi had collided in the roadway before the taxi veered off the road and crashed into a fence on the roadside.
The taxi driver was found to be entrapped and the Durban Fire Department was called to assist and they had to use the jaws of life to free the man.
Six passengers in the taxi had also sustained various injuries and were stabilised on the scene by Rescue Care’s Advanced Life Support Paramedics before being transported to a nearby hospital for the further care that they required.
AT this stage the exact cause of the collision is unknown however SAPS Umbilo were on the scene and will be investigating further.
2 Police officers injured after Bakkie and Police vehicle collided in Laseria
8th Feb 2017
Emer-G-Med’s M03 and A01 are on the scene of a collision involving a Police vehicle on the R512 by the Hertford Garage, in Lanseria.
It’s believed that the bakkie turned in front of the police car, resulting in a partial head-on collision. Two police officers sustained minor injuries and are being transported to a nearby hospital for further treatment.
Ghana: Death toll in Techiman-Kintampo road accident rises to 9, 32 injured
7 February 2017 Source: Graphic.com.gh
The death toll in the accident that occurred on the Techiman-Kintampo Highway last Friday has increased to nine. Five of the deaths occurred on the spot while one other person died at the Techiman Holy Family Hospital.
However, three of the 32 injured, who were receiving treatment at the hospital, also died last Saturday.
Last Friday, six people died in an accident between Bono Manso and Nipahiamoa on the Techiman-Kintampo Highway when a DAF bus collided with a DAF truck. The DAF bus, with registration number AS 2733-V, was travelling from Bolgatanga to Kumasi with an unspecified number of passengers, while the DAF truck, with registration number AS 6615-11, was travelling to Paga with empty tomato crates and five passengers, including the driver.
Namibia: 60 000 drivers on warrants of arrest
News – National | 2017-02-07 by Staff Reporter
The spokesperson of the City Police, Edmund Khoaseb, said there are over 60 000 people with outstanding fines in Windhoek, and “to date, 63 people (! -Ed) have been arrested and taken to court to pay their traffic fines. Those who do not have money will then unfortunately be locked up”.
“A traffic warrant is a warrant for a person’s arrest,” he explained.
Khoaseb further said failure to pay the fine on time may also result in a penalty of N$2 000 for contempt of court being added to the original fine. “If a member of the public suspects that he has a warrant against him, they can contact us (City Police) to verify that and make arrangements to pay the fine,” he added.
The operation also included foreign nationals after one was randomly pulled off the road for not being in possession of an authorisation to transport passengers.
“The operation to account for people on warrants of arrest is an ongoing process and does not have a closing date, although the method of conducting the operations will change from time to time, for example the setting up of temporary roadblocks, or going to people’s work and residential places,” Khoeseb stated.
Four killed 5 injured in Polokwane head on collision
7th Feb 2017
Polokwane – Four people died and five others were injured in a head-on collusion on the R71 in Polokwane on Monday, paramedics said.
ER24 said that two vehicles collided head-on on the R71 on Tzaneen road and the Veekraal off ramp at around 5.20pm.
“ER24 paramedics managed to stabilise a man believed to be in his late 20’s. The man sustained a serious head injury and was transported to the Mangkweng Provincial hospital to receive medical treatment,” ER24 said in a statement.
“One of the patients transported by ER24 was a women believed to be in her 30 years who sustained pelvic fractures. Three other patients were transported to nearby hospitals by other emergency services.”
One dead, scores injured in grisly road accident
By Kepher Otieno 6th Feb 2017
The wreckage of Kenya Prisons bus that was involved in a grisly road accident at the notorious Mamboleo Junction black spot near Coptic church in Kisumu county.
(Photo: Collins Oduor/Standard)
One person died and scores injured seriously in a grisly road accident at Mamboleo black spot last evening. Nyanza Regional Traffic Police Commandant Andrew Naibei said the driver of a bus lost control and crashed into an electric pole at the notorious spot near the Coptic Church.
Mr Charles Akatch, a resident, attributed the road carnage to the ongoing construction and blamed contractors for placing objects on the road, which he claims distract drivers. “The Government must do something about this black spot. We can’t continue to lose lives because of an ongoing construction,” he said.
Lagos still grappling with Okada menace
5th Feb 2017
Five years after the Lagos State Road Traffic Law came into being, the state government is still grappling with the implementation of some of its sections, including Section 3 of the law, which bans commercial motorcycles, popularly called Okada from plying major highways in the state.
Already, the state government seems to have lost the battle to ban union activities in motor parks and bus stops, as road transport union officials still harass transporters and sometimes commuters and hawkers.
Its constant reminders to commercial motorcyclists and tricycle (Keke Marwa) operators, that they are prohibited from plying some routes in the state, are further indicative of the fact that sections of the law are not complied with. Since the law came into being, the state government has issued several warnings to defaulters, which have not been heeded just as enforcement level has remained very low.
In December 2016, the state government addressed a press conference, where it said it would no longer tolerate the activities of commercial motorcyclists and tricycle operators on restricted routes. During the session, the state promised to deal decisively with violators as it was set to enforce a total ban. Leaders of the commercial motorcycle and tricycle operators were in attendance at the briefing, where the government explained that the enforcement would be jointly executed.
In his submission at the press conference, acting Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Anofiu Elegushi, warned that government would no longer “condone motorcycles riding against traffic, especially those who ply their trade along Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway and Ojota-Ikorodu Town, and those who use BRT restricted/reserved lanes. All these are not in sync with the law. There is a need for us to, at this time, restate the provisions of the law so as to understand the premise of our planned actions in this regard,” he said.
According to him, engaging unions/associations of motorcycle and tricycle operators was in line with the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration’s plan to build a Lagos State that works for all, and to ensure that their members comply to ensure public safety. On his part, representative of the state Police Commissioner, Imohim Edgal, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), said policemen in all area commands in the state have been directed to enforce aggressively, the restriction placed on Okada riders on affected routes.
Curiously, three months after the media briefing, and five years after the law came into being, nothing has changed in this direction. For instance, on major highways like the Oshodi/Apapa Expressway; Orile to Okoko and Oshodi to Sango, commercial motorcyclists still operate brazenly on the restricted routes, despite being banned from plying only 475 of the 9, 000 roads in the state.
On why government has not mustered enough courage to enforce the traffic laws to the letter, Elegushi, told The Guardian that enforcing any traffic law in the state has to be well planned.
Be that as it may, “We are working on our enforcement plan. We need to plan it very well to reduce damages. By next week, we would come up with a way of carrying out the enforcement. We are just giving the defaulters time to comply, so that it would not need any form of enforcement. But as it is now, they are not complying; definitely we have to enforce the law.
“We have discussed at length with them, but with their attitude, I believe that we can only achieve result by carrying out enforcement. This is because enlightenment without enforcement is entertainment, so we have to enforce the law.”
He promised that this week, the state government would roll out its enforcement plans, pleading with Lagosians to support the government because the damages facilitated by Okada riders still operating on restricted routes, are more than their benefits.
“That you could jump on motorcycles, which ride on one-way to get to your destination quickly does not warrant declaring your support for them. We urge Lagosians to support us because it is for their safety.
“If you know the number of armed robbery cases executed using Okada and the number of accidents from commercial motorcycles riding along one-way, and as a responsive and responsible government, we cannot continue to look without acting. It is a fight for the people and for their good,” the commissioner stated.
On what the state government is doing to ensure that gridlocks are off Lagos roads so that commuters do not see hitching a ride on commercial motorcycles as an alternative means of commuting,” Elegushi said having traffic gridlock should not be a reason for Lagosians to jump on an Okada, noting that traffic gridlocks are synonymous with megacities.
“We have traffic snarl in major cities of the world like Chicago and London, and in these places, people don’t jump on motorcycles. And if you compare the rate of traffic accidents in the last two years and now, you will agree with me that we have recorded some improvements.
“We know we are constructing, but it is for the people. So, why not take the pain of one or two months to stay alive. If construction is going on in a place, you re-plan your journey, making space for the time that would be loss in traffic. If you use to leave home by 7am, when a section of the road has not been blocked, you should leave home earlier, may be 6 am.”
PICS: Car ‘mangled’ as bus allegedly flees collision scene
5th Feb 2017 Paul Herman, News24
Mbombela – Three people have been injured after a vehicle and bus collided on Vandyksdrift Road in Witbank, Mpumalanga.
“Shortly before 04:00 on Saturday, paramedics from ER24 and other services arrived on the scene where they found the severely mangled wreck of a light motor vehicle,” ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said.
The driver of the car was found with serious issues, and the jaws of life was needed to free him. Two other occupants were treated on the scene for moderate injuries.
“It is understood that the vehicle crashed into the back of a bus. However, when paramedics arrived, the bus was not found on the scene,” Vermaak added. Local authorities attended the scene and will investigate the cause of the collision, he added.
Money making scheme: Annual fitness checks for all private cars
Zimbabwe PARLIAMENT has recommended to the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development that all cars must be inspected yearly at a cost of $50 per unit, as part of the commercialisation of the Vehicle Inspectorate Department meant to raise $126 million annually.
At the moment, inspection for fitness is limited to public service vehicles at a cost of $25 and $20 for heavy and light vehicles respectively, in line with Statutory Instrument 134 of 1998. Private cars are only inspected at VID when they are involved in accidents or when there is suspicion that they have defects.
Although such executive decisions are normally taken by the responsible ministry, parliament through its Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development has recommended the idea. The parliament used its oversight function, which according to the Standing Order of Parliament Category (c) states that the committee shall; “monitor, investigate, inquire into and make recommendations relating to any aspect of the legislative programme, budget, policy or any other matter it may consider relevant to the Government department falling within the category of affairs assigned to it, and may for that purpose consult and liaise with such department.”
In an interview, the chairman of the committee, Dexter Nduna (Zanu-PF, Chegutu West) said this was a gap where Government can raise money.
“As a committee we are proposing that VID must inspect all motor vehicles in Zimbabwe, be they black on yellow plates or red on white plates which are private and public service vehicles. There are approximately 1,5 million vehicles that are on our roads and they have not been inspected, in fact a good number of them have not been inspected with a view of reducing road carnage,” he said.
Nduna said Statutory Instrument 34 of 1998 allows the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to inspect public service vehicles while another statutory instrument can be put in place that there be a provision to inspect all vehicles to see their road worthiness. He said hence VID could charge as much as $50 for vehicle inspection on all cars.
“If the VID is commercialised, there is going to be $50 levied for all annual inspections for private vehicles, and with the vehicle population in Zimbabwe VID can easily raise revenue to the tune $126 million. It can use $40 million for recapitalisation and declare $60 million to the Government,” he said.
Nduna said the money will add onto the $5 million the department was raising through Learners’ Licence Tests, $6 million from Drivers’ Licence Tests and $25 million from public service vehicle inspections. The move will raise the revenue by 600 percent to $126 million.
However, in an interview, Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo said the idea was noble although his Ministry was still to deliberate on the issue.
“I have not received any communication yet but maybe the move is a noble one if done correctly and through the right channels. It should come to Government formerly and be discussed,” he said.
The committee also suggested that there should be computerisation and integration of the transport management systems linking driving schools, VID, Zinara, Zimra, Central Vehicle Registry, Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe Republic Police.
“In Government we have moved to have an electronic system whereby VID, Zinara, CVR and Zimra will come as one and officials can be able to check the status of a vehicle at one go, one can check if a vehicle is registered, free of debts with Zinara and even the police can see if there are any offences,” said Gumbo.
Merging of Zinara and VID will see the two organisations leveraging on synergies with quick wins in activities such as enforcement of laws regarding overloading, unlicensed vehicles and drivers, fuel levy, unroadworthy vehicles and garage inspections, to name a few.
Nonetheless, if the proposals see the light of the day, there will be an increase in the number of fees motorists have to pay. At present motorists pay Zinara Vehicle Licensing fees of between $20 and $300 per quarter depending on the weight of the vehicle. To pay for the licensing fees, motorists also need to pay insurance with the cheapest pegged at $36 per quarter. In adddition, they pay the same parastatal between $2 and $10 for tollgates when using the country’s major highways depending on the weight of the vehicle. Motorists also pay a minimum of three cents per litre of fuel they buy levied as Carbon Tax.
Those with car radios are supposed to pay an additional minimum of $10 for radio licence to ZBC per quarter. Motorists are also mandated to buy triangles, reflectors and fire extinguishers.
There are also plans to introduce tollgates in urban areas to raise money for road repairs and construction.
7-ton truck swept away: 2 feared dead, 9 rescued in flooded river
February 4, 2017
Leonard Ncube and Pamela Shumba, Senior Reporters TWO people, one of them a teacher, are feared dead while nine others narrowly escaped death when a truck they were travelling in was swept away by a flooded river in Lupane District. The incident happened at the Bubi River Bridge at about 6PM on Thursday .
The bridge is on a gravel road linking Daluka Ward 19 to St Luke’s area in Kusile Rural District. The driver of the truck, a seven-tonner, which was coming from delivering food aid, allegedly missed the bridge and hit side pillars before the truck fell into the river. The teacher, who could not be named immediately, was reportedly stationed at Zwangendaba Secondary – a few hundred metres from the scene of the accident. The other victim is believed to be a local villager.
By last night, the two people were still missing but the nine other passengers and crew were all accounted for. The truck was dumped by the water about 60 metres downstream. The truck’s crew comprising of three people including the driver, were coming from delivering drought relief food in Daluka in the same district when they offered eight local people a lift.
The Chronicle visited the area yesterday and Bubi River was still flooded with villagers and school children failing to cross. Villagers from either side of the river embarked on a search in the river while waiting for divers from the police Sub-Aqua Unit who arrived late in the afternoon. Some villagers reportedly assisted a heavily pregnant woman cross the river to St Luke’s Hospital where she was due for delivery. Acting District Administrator for Lupane, Mr Zachariah Jusa, who is also chairman of the local Civil Protection Unit, confirmed the incident.
“The accident occurred at around 6PM when the truck, which is part of those that carry drought relief food in the district, was returning to base. I was at the bridge in the morning when the truck crossed as I was doing routine checks to assess the situation. Unfortunately when they returned in the evening, I think the water level had risen as the bridge was submerged,” he said. Mr Jusa said the driver missed the bridge after hitting a hump.
One of the survivors who was in the truck, Mr Bongani Moyo, said he was still in shock. “It was so sudden. All was well as the driver tried to drive through but lost control when he hit a hump and that’s when we heard the truck hitting some pillars,” he said.
Taxi crashes and overturns injuring nine in Dunoon in the Western Cape.
Nine people were injured this afternoon when a taxi crashed into a roadside barrier and rolled multiple times on the N7 near the Malibongwe turn-off in Dunoon in the Western Cape.
ER24 paramedics, along with the Metro and Fire services, arrived on the scene to find the taxi on its side on the grass embankment. It was discovered that the occupants from the taxi had already been pulled from the vehicle by motorists who had witnessed the incident.
Paramedics assessed the patients on the scene and found that 8 had sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate while one other had sustained serious injuries. Paramedics treated the patients on scene and thereafter transported them to various hospitals in the area for further treatment.
It is believed that a vehicle had apparently swerved in front of the taxi, causing the driver to lose control of his vehicle. Authorities on scene will be investigating this incident further. Russel Meiring. ER24 Spokesperson
ZA: Road Accident Fund’s bank account attached, payouts frozen
Wendy Knowler | 03 February, 2017
The Road Accident Fund has been forced to tell its claimants‚ service providers and the caregivers that payouts have ground to a halt.
“Sorry‚ you can’t be paid – our bank account has been attached by the Sheriff of the Court.”
That’s what the Road Accident Fund (RAF) was today forced to tell its claimants‚ service providers and the caregivers‚ on whom many road accident victims rely.“Payments have ground to a halt due to the RAF’s bank account being attached by the Sheriff of the Court‚” said CEO Dr Eugene Watson.“This is a result of a few legal firms whose actions have disrupted an established cash management plan which now inconsiderately prioritises them over those who have patiently been awaiting payment.”
The fund’s monthly income of R3 billion from the fuel levy has been used to make 30‚000 monthly payments‚ but it’s not nearly enough‚ said Watson‚ who referred to the RAF as “the caring arm of government”.
“A balance of R8‚2 billion worth of payments to 5‚200 creditors remains queued for payment over and above all that is paid.” The attachment‚ removal and sale of RAF assets was thus “an unfortunately common reality”‚ Watson said.
“This reality has persisted despite a 50c increase in the RAF fuel levy two years ago. The fund can only pay what it is able to and the cash management plan put in place two years ago endeavours to maintain regular payments to creditors.”
This latest attachment had badly disrupted the fund’s bid to fulfil its mandate – “to indemnify‚ compensate and rehabilitate car crash victims” – despite the ongoing lack of funds‚ he said.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused and every effort is being made to resolve the matter speedily in order for the RAF to resume payments.”
Watson also said the halt in payments, ongoing cash constraints and the “huge‚ unfounded liability” the minister of finance raised in the medium-term Budget speech were “continued evidence that the RAF dispensation is expensive‚ unaffordable and unsustainable”.
Holiday killers: Combating drownings and road deaths in 2017
Cape Town – While South Africa might be one of the most incredible places to spend the summer holidays, our peak season periods are always marred by a spike in road deaths as well as drownings.
The figures of fatal road accidents compared to fatal drownings are equally high and shocking. An average of 1 528 fatal drownings occur annually, of which 44% of fatal drowning are kids under 15.
On the roads, during this past festive season again, more than 1 700 deaths were recorded on South African roads and on average, 270 people die on South African roads every week. “That’s the equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every week,” Niel Langner, marketing manager for Continental Tires South Africa told media at a conference where General Tire South Africa announced its partnership with Lifesaving SA.
Time to take action against Kombi drivers operating vehicles under the influence of Mbanje
Much of the travelling we do each day is by commuter omnibuses better known as kombis. That means there are a lot of Kombis on Zimbabwean highways and local roads carrying us to and from our various destinations. It also means there are an enormous number of people we depend on to be safe drivers.
The stress of kombi driving has been overlooked especially in Zimbabwe but many songs played in theses kombis talk about drowning one’s sorrows in a bottle. It’s an unnerving thought, but many kombi drivers get behind the wheel after tipping back a few drinks or using illegal drugs. Some even have the notion that they cannot drive without taking alcohol and we have even heard and witnessed these Kombi drivers say that “nhasi ndakabatwa, or Nhasi ndakarohwa nezvinhu,” or any other slang they use to describe how intoxicated they are. What a society!
It’s surprising however that after hearing all this we do nothing about it, we just sit there and hope we arrive home safe. Unfortunately when disaster strikes the blame games begin. This has not helped in any way since no effort is made to address the problem itself at the end of the day. It is high time the passengers help themselves because the police at most of our road blocks all they need imari ye cold drink and the intoxicated driver passes through.
This is the situation in the country; bad drivers are never fined for breaching road safety measures on regular basis. Of course this happens because they have the police in their pockets. The police are increasingly accepting bribes and deliberately allowing traffic offenders to have a field day. We have seen the conductor after the kombi has been stopped by the police going over to talk to the police and the under hand dealings they do.
In fact we are all familiar with the drugs and the substances most often used by kombi drivers ranging from alcohol, stimulants, marijuana and bronclear. So I asked myself: What are we actually doing to help ourselves because the Police and Zimbabwe Traffic Safety Council to them it is always business as usual.
One worrying factor is that many of the drivers actually learn driving while serving as drivers’ mates (the ones who drive you around while the kombi is loading), without taking a single lesson from government approved driving schools. What a country! In Chitungwiza there is the local driver and the one who takes you to town. When there is a driver change no one asks if the driver is qualified to be driving passengers. Just because one can drive it does not mean he is qualified to driver a passenger vehicle.
During that driver change a lot can happen, the town driver gets time to drink or smoke in an attempt to relax and take his mind off the stresses of the day and rest as he has little rest all day long. On the other hand the local driver may hit several potholes that may cause damage to the vehicle which he will not report to his compatriot.
Sometimes I used to wonder whether many of these drivers who ply our roads have been taken through the rudiments of basic safety driving, but now I know how they operate. Many of these kombis do not even have motor insurance yet nobody cares. The relevant authorities such as Zimbabwe Traffic Safety Council (ZTSC) the best they can do is to send you that odd text message encouraging you not o drink and drive. Honestly that is pure laziness and this is further compounded by our very lazy leadership. They fail to put in place the necessary measures that will check the traffic offenders. This is why horrific accidents continue to occur on a regular basis and in such large numbers. In the night, many of our roads including the so-called highways have no street lights. Some of the pot-holes on these ‘highways’ are so big, they could pass for manholes.
The City – Chitungwiza highway barely has any meaningful road signs. Besides a few speed limits, I am yet to see any road sign which reads like: ‘slow down’ ‘reduce speed now’ or warning message on any of the dangerous bends all along the highway.
What does this tell us? Does it mean unscrupulous drivers are at liberty to drive at any dangerous speed they choose? What happens to those drivers who might not be familiar with the road? As for the zebra crossings, the drivers have no regards for their use at all.
Our drivers have grown with the perception that, where the road is good, they are at liberty to speed as dangerous as they deem necessary. Is it a wonder that over speeding is killing our people on the roads?
Honestly road traffic accidents can be reduced if we realise the power us passengers have in the Kombi business. Without us there is no business for the kombi operators. All we need is to speak up and be heard.
Would you board a kombi with a drunk driver, why would you not ask to be dropped if the driver is overspreading? Why would you bother taking a ride from a kombi that does not give you a safe journey to your destination? It’s high time the kombi operators know that they cannot mess with the passenger. It’s time to bring back the glory days when the customer was king.
The police are compromised but let’s not stop reporting all bad drivers. The government should make sure that the police are adequately resourced and well-motivated to deal with traffic offenders. This will help bring the bribery and corruption cases which promote drivers’ indiscipline on the roads. · The road authority must random sample a couple of drivers plying the roads and test them for any drug abuse.
Let’s hope that as passengers we will act upon these measures and help bring the accidents on our roads to the barest minimum.
Fourteen die in grisly road crash in Uganda
At least 14 people have been killed after a commuter taxi in which they were travelling in collided head-on with a lorry. Eye witnesses and police say all the passengers, including the driver and conductor, in the 14-seater taxi died. The accident on the Kampala-Jinja highway, part of the Northern Corridor, is notorious for fatal crashes.
According to Ugandan media, the driver of the lorry is reported to have been speeding before he lost control of the vehicle crashing into the taxi headed in the opposite direction. Among the dead are children said to have been reporting for the first term of school.
Statistics from the World Health Organisation show that Uganda has one of the highest road traffic fatalities in the world. Bad driving, poorly marked and lit roads, absence of and lack of proper signage, failure to follow traffic rules and vehicles in poor mechanical condition are some of the common causes.
Namibia: City Police to test pedestrians for alcohol
02 Feb 2017
By Linea Dishena
WINDHOEK The City Police will in future test pedestrians involved in road accidents for alcohol in their blood. This is a standard procedure regularly enforced on drivers involved in road accidents.
City Police Spokesperson, Edmund Khoaseb told Nampa on Wednesday a large number of accidents are a result of negligence on the part of both pedestrians and drivers. He explained that breathalyser tests will be conducted on pedestrains who surive the accidents.
Khoaseb said most road accidents involving pedestrians occur over the weekend, particularly late at night after bars and other drinking outlets have closed. Most of the time the victims are coming from bars and under the influence of alcohol, which makes it difficult for them to fully concentrate on the road, he said.
Khoaseb said some pedestrians also do not adhere to the laws of the road such as crossing at designated pedestrian crossing points or look out for oncoming traffic. He added that drivers tend to be inattentive or are distracted while driving, sometimes at a speed above the limit, especially in the vicinity of schools. Many drivers also do not stop at pedestrian crossings.
He said the City Police will soon embark upon an intensive campaign to educate pedestrians on how to cross the road responsibly, and pedestrians found crossing the road where there is no provision made, will be fined. Khoaseb said such accidents are preventable if both drivers and pedestrians become more attentive when using the road.
On 20 January, two women were hit by the same vehicle and sustained slight injuries when they crossed the Western Bypass. A day later, a 26-year-old man died on the spot after he was run over by a car near the Mix settlement outside Windhoek. On 22 January, a four-year-old girl sustained slight injuries when she was run over by a vehicle on the corner of Lucia and Eveline streets. On Wednesday, a seven-year-old learner of the Tobias Hainyeko Primary School was run over by a car in Julius Nyerere Street. He died later in the hospital.
The Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) in October last year presented statistics that 147 pedestrians were killed on Namibian roads, while 832 were injured in 901 pedestrian-related crashes between 01 January 2016 and 04 October 2016.
An app that reports overlapping matatu drivers
2nd Feb 2017
By SARAH OOKO email@example.com
Posted Thursday, February 2 2017 at 10:10
Mercy Cherono, 32, was involved in a road accident two years ago on Lang’ata Road in Nairobi. Fortunately, she only suffered a slight neck injury that was effectively treated due to her comprehensive medical insurance cover. Not many Kenyans are that lucky, though.
According to the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), approximately 3,000 people lose their lives in road accidents annually. Many more nurse emotional scars while suffering from debilitating physical injuries that confine them to wheel chairs.
Echomobile, a Nairobi based Information Technology (IT) firm, seeks to confront this problem through a mobile app — Smart Matatu— that promotes safe driving. Now under a pilot on Rongai and Kibera routes, it was developed by the University of California Berkeley in collaboration with the University of Nairobi. The targeted users of the app are individuals or co-operative societies that own matatus operating in the selected routes.
Users require a sensor installed in their vehicles. “It is this device (sensor) that communicates to the app, supplying it with relevant information about the safety of vehicles on the road,” James Mwangi, project officer of the smart matatu initiative at Echomobile told the Business Daily. Owners, he added, can access this data on their android smart phones, receiving real time alerts on major safety events such as when vehicles are speeding, over-accelerating, overlapping or making sharp turns.
“Whenever I get numerous alerts like these, I usually call the driver to find out where the problem is,” said Johnson Maina, secretary of the Serian Sacco that own matatus plying the Kiserian-Rongai route. He stated that this has spurred open and candid communication between the sacco and its drivers on the importance of adhering to road safety rules.
Results of the initial pilot last year in the Kiserian-Rongai routes showed that even though drivers were generally aware of road safety and traffic rules, many of them had ignored them. “But with the smart matatu sensors in the vehicles, the drivers became more conscious of the misconduct as they were aware that all their actions were being monitored. This prompted them to change their behaviour,” explained James Lang’at, smart matatu field officer at Echomobile and the University of California Berkeley.
At the end of each working day, he said, the app usually rates the performance of each driver with regards to safety driving. Those that receive high scores are given incentives which reinforce the good behaviour. Michael Maloba, another matatu owner that has embraced the new technology stated that it has enabled him to effectively manage his business, reduce operation costs and boost profits.
“Even though someone else is driving the vehicle, it is like I’m there with the matatu at all times. I can monitor its movements from the app throughout the day.”
Zimbabwe roads made in hell
DRIVING in Zimbabwe roads now requires one to acquire new skills of negotiating potholes. Drivers also need the nerves of steel to endure the gruelling driving experience which, if not well executed, can result in serious damage to one’s car or even an accident.
Torrential rains which have mercilessly battered the southern African region over the past weeks have left Zimbabwe’s fragile roads riddled with crater-like potholes that resemble an aftermath of a massive sporadic missile attack.
These are now like roads made in hell! It is befitting that some of these roads have been declared a state of disaster. Statistics show that at least 80 percent of the country’s 97 000-kilometre road network now requires a major overhaul. The poor state of the roads characterised by potholes and ragged sharp edges is significantly contributing to the carnage on Zimbabwe’s roads which claims at least five lives per day.
This is according to 2015 statistics from the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe. The country’s major highways have for long raised the ire of travellers because of their poor state. But recently attention has also shifted to urban roads that have deteriorated and are now posing a serious threat to road users.
Observers attribute the poor state of urban roads to failure by the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) to disburse adequate funds for their rehabilitation. ZINARA was established in terms of the Road Act (Chapter 13:18) in 2002 with the aim of enhancing the road network system throughout the country. Its core mandate is that of fixing road user charges and collecting such charges or any other revenue for the road fund, in consultations with the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development.
After collecting revenue, the parastatal is supposed to remit funds to local authorities who then ensure that roads around their areas are maintained. Local authorities have the primary responsibility of repairing roads in terms of the Urban Councils’ Act (Chapter 29.15), Second Schedule section 198, paragraph 19 (1). ZINARA collects in excess of US$5,5 million per month from the 26 tollgates dotted around the country and an additional US$130 million annually from road access fees, vehicle licensing, transit fees and the fuel levy among other revenue streams.
Government will soon release a Road Condition Survey assessing the state of the country’s roads and what is required to bring them up to standard.
At over 85 percent complete, the survey being carried out by the Department of Roads, the District Development Fund, rural district councils and urban councils at a cost of US$1,7 million, might fail to capture the exact situation on the ground given that the roads are deteriorating daily. Carried out after every five to 10 years, the survey is meant to provide accurate statistics to guide policy makers in implementing developmental projects.
Acknowledging the bad state of the country’s roads, Transport Minister, Joram Gumbo said a total of US$5 billion is required to rehabilitate the dilapidated road network. “It is not a secret that most of our road network has outlived its useful lifespan and we would need to expend approximately more than US$5 billion to rehabilitate the country’s roads. But the revenue that ZINARA is mobilising, which is less than US$200 million per annum, is not sufficient to cover the maintenance backlog. In fact, we have not surpassed the US$150 million annual collection of toll fees,” he said.
Harare City Council (HCC) spokesperson, Michael Chideme, indicated that the capital city alone requires about US$40 million from ZINARA to refurbish its roads.
“We are set to receive about US$1,2 million from ZINARA which is enough to only rehabilitate one kilometre. It’s a pity considering that roads which fall under our jurisdiction stretch well over 6 000 kilometres of which most of them are in dire need of rehabilitation,” said Chideme.
“We should not be blamed for the poor state of the roads when we have no money; give us the money and blame us later,” he added. Gumbo has, however, challenged the HCC “to show us one road they have patched up using that (paltry) money” from ZINARA. Gumbo is also on record, accusing other local authorities of missappropriating ZINARA funds by using the money to pay off their debts and salaries.
Harare mayor, Bernard Manyenyeni said: “There is insincerity in that remark because they have not given us all the money in cash. Some of the help we got from ZINARA has been in kind and if they want us to show them the road patches we will definitely do that… ZINARA is the institution we must look up to for this crisis. We are out of it. In fact, in the coming two months the roads will get worse before they get better.”
ZINARA board chairman, Albert Mugabe, said HCC was not doing the right thing, given that it has so many other opportunities to generate revenue.
“The city has over 7 000 parking bays; assuming there is five hours occupation per day in a five-day week, the city generates US$8, 4 million annually in parking fees. If they invest even half of that into the goose that is laying the golden egg, Harare’s roads would improve. The city also receives revenue from billboards. “All these and more could be used by HCC to augment what they get from ZINARA,” said Mugabe. He added that HCC will find it difficult to access funding because of their poor credit rating.
Five people killed in a road accident in Navakhoko
1st Feb 2017
Five people have perished in a gruesome accident in Navakhoko along Kakamega-Bungoma Road. The five were in a lorry whose driver lost control, plunging into a bridge which was under construction. So far only the body of the driver of the ill-fated lorry has been retrieved even as efforts to recover other bodies continue.
Ghana: Man burnt to death in frightening car accident
An unidentified man has burnt to death in frightening car accident at New Edubiase in Ashanti region on Monday afternoon.
Wofa Yaw Surprise, a local journalist detailed media about the incident. According to him, deceased Toyota Rav4 vehicle with registration number AS 1200-09 slip off the road. Then it moved towards a ditch on the New Edubiase-Bekwai highway.
After the incident, the vehicle caught fire and also burnt the trapped man beyond recognition. The burnt man believed to be in late 50s was an employee in Ghana Water Company, he revealed.
Moreover, fire service employees managed to extinguish the fire and conveyed the body to New Edubiase Government Hospital for preservation. New Edubiase police also confirmed the incident and told that they have begun investigations into the matter.
Bakkie overturns, lands on construction site, killing 2
31st Jan 2017 Tammy Petersen, News24
A bakkie overturned on the N1. (Supplied)
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4 Gokwe family members die in freak accident
THREE Gokwe South family members died in freak accident on Sunday afternoon, when a woman allegedly lost control of her car and rammed into a house killing her mother-in-law, her friend and seriously injuring her father-in-law who died moments later.
The husband of the driver, identified as Dillan Ngwenya Makanika, hanged himself after the accident. Ngwenya Makanika was an administrator at Kana Mission Hospital, a stone’s throw away from his rural home.
Although Midlands provincial police spokesperson, Ispector Joel Goko, said he was not aware of the accident, a teacher at Kana Secondary School, John Mumvumi, said the accident happened soon after the family had come from church. “The husband was a passenger with his wife driving when she lost control and drove into the house, where her mother-in-law sat with her husband and a neighbour, Chamunorwa,” Mumvumi said.
Both women died on the spot, while Ngwenya’s father was seriously injured. Unconfirmed reports said Ngwenya later slipped from the crowd and hanged himself on a tree close by. “Funeral arrangements are underway,” Mumvumi said, adding a sombre mood hung over the community.
A boda boda operator died on the spot while his passenger passed away at Mount Kenya Anglican Church Hospital, where he had been taken for treatment. The motorcyclist was heading to Kerugoya from Kagumo when he collided with the vehicle.
The vehicle was towed to the Kerugoya Police Station.
Witnesses said the motorcyclist was trying to overtake a car when he crashed into the oncoming Land Rover. County Police Commander Joseph Nthenge advised boda boda operators to be careful on the road. “Cyclists should adhere to traffic rules to avoid such fatal accidents,” he said.
Kenya: Four die in Rongo road accident
By Scophine Otieno Monday, January 30th 2017
Four people died in an accident on the RongoKisii highway yesterday. The accident involving a 14seater matatu and a Canter left scores of others with serious injuries.
The 4pm accident occurred after the Canter travelling towards Kisii lost control and collided head on with the matatu coming from the opposite direction. According to Charles Odhiambo, a witness, the Canter was speeding before the accident occurred.
The driver of the Canter disappeared soon after the accident that left the matatu driver dead. Three bodies were moved to the Kisii Referral Hospital mortuary and a fourth to the morgue at Migori Level Four Hospital. The casualties were admitted in Kisii Level Five, Rongo District and Migori Level Four hospitals, as the police launched investigations.
Migori County Commander David Kirui said police were looking for the driver of the Canter. Meanwhile, residents were shocked further when the driver of an ambulance belonging to a private hospital in Rongo and which was carrying one of the injured lost control of the vehicle in Uriri and veered off the road. The driver and two medics sustained minor injuries. It was not clear whether the already injured casualty sustained more injuries.
The four victims who died yesterday brings to 10 the number of those who have lost their lives on the KisiiMigori highway since the beginning of the year. Residents have continued to petition the national government to expand the road that has been the scene of several accidents that have claimed many lives over the years.
According to the police, there were over 14 600 reported car hijackings between 2015 and 2016, up 14.3 percent from 12 770.
Statistically, this shows that 40 cars are hijacked every day in South Africa (35 in 2015), or roughly one car every 36 minutes.
As has always been the case, car and truck hijacking is most common in South Africa’s most populated province, Gauteng, followed by other built up provinces such as KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. Gauteng accounts for over half (50.5 per cent) of all reported car hijackings – with 7 376 cases, and 58 per cent of all reported truck hijackings, with 695 cases.
Here are some of the hot spots:
- The corner of Kelvin Street and CR Swart
- The corner of Pretoria Road and CR Swart
- The corner of Elgin and Pretoria roads
- Linksfield Road off-ramp off the N3
- Booysens Road off-ramp off the M1
- The Nelson Mandela Bridge, be alert
- Wolmarans Street between Claim and Nugget streets
- The corner of Harrow and Saratoga roads
- The corner of Harrow and Abel
- The Houghton Drive off-ramp off the M1
- The corner of Jan Smuts Avenue and St Andrews
- The corner of 17th and Krause streets in Pageview
- The Heidelberg Road off-ramp off the N17
- Traffic lights on Kyalami Drive
- The Beyers Naudé off-ramp off the N1 highway
- Rivonia off-ramp off the N1 highway in Sunninghill
- Midrand road near Clayville
- The intersection of Grayston and Rivonia and the intersection of Grayston and 11th Street
- 11th Avenue and Empire Road off-ramps
- The Jan Smuts Avenue / William Nicol Drive split in Hyde Park
- Intersections on Witkoppen Road
- Bramley Precinct, areas such as Wynberg, Bramley, Marlboro and Kew
- Yeoville Precinct, areas such as Yeoville, Bellevue and Bellevue East
- The Norwood Precinct, areas such as Orange Grove and Highlands
- The Sandringham Precinct, areas such as Glenhazel, Lombardy East and Sandringham
- The Parkview precinct, areas between the 10th and 11th avenue and 4th and 7th avenues in Parkhurst
- The Hillbrow precinct, areas such as upper Houghton and Killarney
- The Rosebank precinct, areas such as Saxonwold and Parkwood
- The intersection between Christiaan de Wet and Wilgerood road in Roodepoort
- Louis Botha Avenue, the M11. Be aware at the traffic lights, especially between Hillbrow and Alexandra
- Riviera off-ramp on the M1
- 11th Avenue in Fairland, near Fairland Extension 6
- The corner of Pretoria Main Road and 1st Avenue in Alexandra
- New Road off-ramp coming off the N1, be aware at the robots
- William Nicol off-ramp on the N1 highway.
14 hurt in KZN taxi crash
2017-01-29 Lizeka Tandwa, News24
One person was still trapped in the wreckage.
“After triaging the injured it was found that 14 people sustained injuries. Two were seriously injured while 12 miraculously escaped with minor injuries,” he said. Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to free the injured.
They were then taken to various hospitals for treatment, he said. Botha said it was unclear what caused the accident.
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Three held over ‘school bus’ trade in Dar
POLICE in Dar es Salaam Special Zone, through the Traffic Department, yester-day arrested three people for allegedly transporting 34 school children in a vehicle of a Toyota Noah make.
The Dar es Salaam Re-gional Traffic Officer, Mr Pe-ter Mashishanga, named the suspects as the car’s driver, Mabrouk Issa Daudi, the coor-dinator for the transport, Ste-ven Masanja, and the supervi-sor of transporting children, identified by the single name of Latifa.
According to Mr Mashis-hanga, the car, with registra-tion number T 949 DDY, was seized in at around 01:00 hrs along the Gerezani junction at Kariakoo area, carrying 34 school children, including nursery and primary Standard One and Two pupils from various schools in the city’s downtown.
“They are the pupils from various schools, includ-ing Mtendeni, Bunge, and Olympio primary schools. They were being ferried home from school as others were heading to Mbagala and Kigamboni,” he told the Daily News.
The coordinator of the transport arrangement, Latifa, told the police that they de-cided to put all children in the same car because their other vehicles had been impounded for failure to show a permit to transport children as a school bus.
She said the vehicles were impounded arrested in the morning since they did not have any other alternative to transport children to their home and that is why they used the car in question much as they knew that it was wrong to do so.
Following the incident, Mr Mshishanga urged parents and guardians to be careful with children by following up on the means of transport that schools are using to transport their children.
16 people injured, several seriously, in taxi & bakkie collision
27th January 2017
16 people have been injured this morning, several of them seriously, when a bakkie and taxi collided on Christiaan De Wet Road in Constantia Kloof, west of Johannesburg. ER24 paramedics, along with other services, arrived on the scene and found the taxi on the side of the road against the roadside barrier. The bakkie was found parked in the middle of the road.
Several passengers from the taxi were found walking around on the scene. Upon closer inspection, paramedics found two men lying trapped inside the front of the taxi.
ER24 paramedics, along with provincial services, used specialized rescue tools to free both men from the vehicle. Once freed, paramedics found that both men had sustained numerous injuries and were in a critical condition.
14 other patients were found on scene with injuries ranging from minor to moderate. Paramedics treated the patients and provided the critically injured with advanced life support interventions. Once treated, the patients were transported to various hospitals for further treatment. The cause of the collision is not yet known but local authorities were on scene for further investigations.
Curious Agogo residents turn scene of explosion into tourist site
27th Jan 2017 Source: Ghana I Nhyira FM I Ohemeng Tawiah
Residents of Agogo continue to troop to a local welding shop, four days after tyre burst left two people dead and two others seriously injured. The incident has left the community in shock as people seek to understand how the tragedy occurred.
A 34-year-old welder, Akwasi Debrah, and a teenage tricycle rider were killed in the gory accident after the rim of a lorry tyre they were working on came off and struck them. Two others, 38-year-old mason, Akwasi Asare and Kwadwo Boateng, 14, suffered severe injuries. They are presently receiving treatment at the Intensive Care Unit of Agogo Presbyterian Hospital.
Residents of Agogo have since been filing to the welding shop to find out how the bizarre incident occurred. Four days after the accident, some scattered human parts and clothing of the victims can still be found at the scene, as residents pay tribute to the dead victims.
Osei Kofi, a taxi driver and friend to the late Akwasi Debrah says he will continue to visit the scene as far as he is alive in memory of his late friend. Like several other residents, he is shocked at the bizarre manner his friend was killed in that accident.
Meanwhile, at the Presbyterian Hospital, doctors have been busy working around the clock to save the lives of the injured two. Medical Superintendent, Dr. William Thompson says the victims who were brought to the hospital unconscious are stable now. All the surviving victims, including 14-year-old Kwadwo Boateng had fractures of the tibia. He revealed Asare who had lacerations all over his face will need some attention to correct an eye defect as a result of the explosion.
Meanwhile Asare, who is married with kids, says he was saved under circumstances he describes as divine.
IBANDA: At least 15 people were on Thursday rushed to Ibanda Comprehensive Medical Centre after they sustained injuries in an accident that involved a taxi and two motor cycles in Ibanda town. Ibanda District Officer in charge of Traffic, Mr Deo Ishungisha said the taxi Reg No. UAX 598 B which he said was recklessly being driven by a yet known driver was coming from GAPCO petro station before the driver lost control and rammed into two packed motor cycles before it over turned several times to a nearby pub.
The mini bus was from Sweswe in Kasambya, Mubende district heading to Mbarara. One of the victims; Ms Justine Tukashaba, a church catechist at Kanyanseko Catholic Church in Kanyanseko ward, Kagongo division said the driver was speeding when he lost control of the car.
Ibanda District police commander, Mr Denis Ochama said that the victims had already received first aid to reduce pain and were put on medication. Dr Rashid Aheebwa said, “All the victims who were admitted will get proper medication and will all be in good condition.” He said that among the 15, only two were seriously injured while others had minor ones.
Namibia: Spate of traffic accidents concern city police
News – National | 2017-01-27 by Nomhle Kangootui
“The majority of these accidents are entirely preventable, and they are often a result of driver or pedestrian negligence. Through investigations we found that most common factors contributing to these accidents include inattentive or distracted driving, failure by drivers to observe speed limits, especially in school zones. Drivers’ failure to yield right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks and pedestrians crossing the street without looking out for oncoming traffic,” Khoaseb said.
It was especially the increase in accidents involving pedestrians that have had law enforcement authorities concerned.
Khoaseb said that on Friday, 20 January, two pedestrians were hit by the same vehicle on the Western Bypass but only sustained slight injuries. On that same day, at about 18h15 at the corner of Joseph Mukwayu Ithana and Zenobia streets, a bakkie belonging to a security company ran into a tree when the driver lost control. “As a result 13 people were injured with six serious injuries and seven slight injuries,” Khoaseb said.
He also said a fatal accident involving a pedestrian took place on Saturday 21 January at about 21h18 near Mix settlement, on the city’s northern outskirts, when a 26-year-old man was run over by a car. “The male victim was declared dead at the scene.”
On Sunday, 22 January, a four-year-old girl sustained slight injuries when she was run over in a hit-and-run at the corner of Lucia and Eveline Streets, at about 17h42, Khoaseb said. On Tuesday, 24 January, on the Western Bypass near the Windhoek Country Club and Resort, a truck belonging to Meatco overturned, with the driver and passenger sustaining serious injuries.
Khoaseb noted that four accidents were reported on Wednesday, 25 January, two of which resulted in fatalities while in the other two victims sustained slight injuries. “At about 06h47 at Julius Nyerere Street in Okahandja Park, a seven-year-old pedestrian was fatally run over by a taxi. The boy was a pupil at Tobias Hainyeko Primary School.
“The same day at about 06h28 at the intersection of Robert Mugabe Avenue and Sierre Street, a female driver was seriously injured after her vehicle collided with a bakkie,” said Khoeseb.
He said that she was taken to Lady Pohamba Private Hospital where she was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Jinja. About 360 people were involved in road accidents in Jinja District, with half of them sustaining life-threating injuries and others succumbing to death over the last two years, the officer in-charge of traffic in the district, Mr Francis Onen, has disclosed.
He said most of the accidents were as a result of reckless driving, drunk-driving and driving vehicles in dangerous mechanical condition.
Speaking during an interview earlier in the week at Jinja Central Police Station, Mr Onen said police records show that in the last 24-months, at least 355 cases of accidents were reported in the district. He said: “In 2015, our statistics show that fatal accidents were 35, serious ones were 126 and minor ones were about 36. And in 2016, we registered 41 cases of fatal accidents and about 92 cases of serious accidents while the minor ones were 25.”
He attributed the decline in the number of accidents registered last year as compared to those registered in 2015 to increased police vigilance as evidenced in the ongoing operation code named Fika Salama—safe journey/travel. Mr Onen said this year, police targets to remove drivers without driving licence from the road, eliminating vehicles in dangerous mechanical condition and constantly monitoring motor vehicles plying the eastern routes.
He, however, said this will be achieved if the citizens play their part by saying no to recklessness and drunk-driving. When interviewed, Mr Samuel Munabi, a Jinja-bound taxi driver said although motorists have become more reckless on the road, the authorities haven’t cracked the whip hard and consistently enough as to bring this to a halt.
Police records shows that Jinja District is notorious for accidents, with Jinja-Iganga road (right through from Mabira Forest) being marked as a dark spot for both robberies and accidents. The last crime and traffic report released in 2014 ranks Jinja District among the leading accidents districts in the country.
Dark spot (PC for ‘accident blackspot’ – Ed)
Police records shows that Jinja District is notorious for accidents, with Jinja-Iganga road (right through from Mabira Forest) being marked as a dark spot for both robberies and accidents.
Crazy Matatu driver could have caused a freak accident along Thika Road.
Jan 25th , 2017 The Kenyan DAILY POST Editor’s Choice, Lifestyle, Videos 14
Reckless driving is the main cause of road accidents in Kenya and this video is just a tip of the iceberg of how careless some drivers can be. This idiot was caught on camera driving on the wrong side along Thika Superhighway headed to Nairobi. If the oncoming drivers weren’t cautious and ducked in time, this could have ended badly. The National Transport Service Authority (NTSA) officers should track this miscreant and make sure he/ she faces the full force of the law because this is nothing short of attempted murder by dangerous driving
20 people killed in traffic accidents in Algeria
8th Jan 2017
ALGIERS. The Algerian authorities said 20 people were killed Saturday in three traffic accidents in the country. In the first accident, a bus from the capital Algiers to the southeastern province of Biskra crashed after midnight in the town of Bou Saada, 245 km south of Algiers, leaving 10 passengers dead and 12 others injured.
Later in the day, another accident was reported in the desert province of Ghardaia, where a family of seven members were killed when their car collided with a trailer.In the eastern province of Mascara, three people were killed when two cars collided, according to local fire fighting department.
Initial investigations show overspeed and fatigue driving are the main causes of the three accidents. In Algeria, 4,000 to 4,500 people die of traffic accidents annually.
Experts say a driving licence demerit point system is expected to go into force to curb the soaring number of traffic accidents in this North African nation.
ZANU-PF’s Matabeleland South provincial chairman, Rabelani Choeni and four other people have been hospitalised after they suffered serious injuries when a vehicle he was driving veered off the road and overturned.
The accident occurred on Wednesday along the Beitbridge-Bulawayo Road when Choeni was on his way to Matopos National Park to identify a site for hosting the 21st February Movement Celebrations next month.
National Traffic police spokesperson Inspector Tigere Chigome confirmed the accident yesterday.
“On 4 January at around 6AM the driver and four passengers were involved in an accident at the 189km peg when the driver lost control of the vehicle. It veered off the road and overturned leaving them with serious injuries,” said Insp Chigome. He said Choeni and the passengers were taken to Gwanda District Hospital and their condition is reportedly stable. “They’re currently admitted at Gwanda District Hospital. At the moment we’ve not heard any news of any threat to life as their condition is reported to be stable,” he said.
The Zanu-PF provincial executive through its Secretary for Information and Publicity who is also Umzingwane legislator, William Dewa, wished Choeni a speedy recovery so that he continues with his job.
“As the provincial executive we are very sorry that our chairman was involved in an accident. Actually he was on his way to Matopos National Park to identify the venue as we are going to host the 21st February Movement Celebrations. We wish him a speedy recovery so that he joins others in the preparations,” said Dewa.
A party official who spoke on condition of anonymity said Choeni was driving in his official party Ford Everest vehicle from Beitbridge when the accident occurred. “The vehicle burst its rear right tyre near Johnsley Resettlement area just before West Nicholson and he lost control before he veered off the road. He had four passengers he had given a lift. We visited him and observed that he is out of danger although he has visible injuries,” he said.The Chronicle
Wedding turns solemn after 4die 43 injured in Msambweni bus crash
Jan. 07, 2017, By ALLOYS MUSYOKA The scene at Milalani-Msambweni where four people died after their bus lost control and rolled several times,
Four people died on Friday afternoon when a bus they were travelling in was involved in an accident at Milalani area on the LungaLunga- Likoni highway. The Ng’ombeni secondary school bus is said to have been taking 47 passengers to a wedding ceremony in LungaLunga.
Mwambweni deputy county commissioner Elvis Korir said the driver lost control of the vehicle, resulting in the accident. “The vehicle rolled several times after the driver lost control. It is also suspected that the bus was overloaded,” he said.
Bodies of the deceased were taken to Msambweni referral hospital mortuary, while the survivors were taken to the referral hospital for treatment. Korir said they are investigating the incident and asked road users to be careful and avoid reckless driving.
Namibia: MVA Fund continues with road safety activities
07 Jan 2017
WINDHOEK, 06 JAN (NAMPA) The Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) and partners in the 2016/2017 Festive Season Road Safety Campaign will embark on a number of activities to ensure the safe return of travellers to their homes, work and schools.
A joint statement by the Fund and partners including the Namibia Police Force, Ministry of Works and Transport and Roads Authority issued Thursday said the activities will be conducted along the B1 and B2 routes. The B1 runs from Noordoewer on the South African border to Oshikango on the Angolan border. B2 runs from Okahandja to Walvis Bay.
Other partners are the Road Fund Administration, Private Sector Road safety Forum, National Road Safety Council and City Police.
Activities will start this Friday and end on 17 January 2017, and include a focus on passenger safety and the Safe Journey to School programme. Seatbelt usage by passengers will be enforced by law-enforcement agencies throughout the country, while the number of passengers in vehicles will be monitored to discourage overloading, reads the statement.
Additionally, the conveying of persons in pick-ups will also be monitored as in terms of the Road Traffic and Transport Regulation 266.
A person may not operate a goods vehicle carrying passengers on or in the goods compartment of the vehicle on a public road, or exceeding the limit of six people.
Since the safety campaign for the 2016/2017 festive season commenced on 22 November last year, 94 lives have been lost and 894 persons have been injured in 480 crashes.
The MVA and partners said public transport will be expected to produce a passenger list and ensure that children are accounted for properly in terms of the relevant regulations.
Generally, children are not regarded when counting passengers, thus resulting in the over loading of passengers and involuntarily exposing innocent children to greater risk of injury and death in case of a road crash.
The MVA urged passengers to take responsibility for their own safety by not boarding an overloaded vehicle. The Safe Journey to School programme will as from Wednesday to Friday provide road safety marshals at and near primary schools in the Khomas Region to ensure that crossing roads does not claim any childs life and that vehicles transporting children to school are not overloaded.
Crash driver fined for double homicide
A MALAWIAN man has been fined $200 for causing the death of two minor girls after his vehicle veered off the road and overturned near Mvuma when he was on his way to attend his wife’s funeral. Charles Bishop of Moses Gama Village, Mzimba District in Malawi was driving a pick-up truck on his way home from South Africa when the accident occurred on December 19, killing two passengers.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of capable homicide when he appeared before Gweru Magistrate Judith Taruvinga. Bishop was fined $200 or to spend two months in jail if he defaults on the fine.
“I admit to the charge and the court should be lenient with me. I lost control of the vehicle and the children who died were my relatives not to mention that I was on my way to attend my wife’s funeral,” said Bishop. Taruvinga said the court had considered that Bishop was going to his wife’s funeral and was grieving at the time of the accident.
“Two children died as a result of the accident. The accused person should not have been driving in the first place since he was in grief of losing his wife. Also it is a long journey from South Africa and the accused person should have rested to avoid fatigue,” she said.
Prosecuting, Ernest Muzembi told the court that on December 19 last year at around 3AM Bishop was driving the truck which had 15 Malawians on board from South Africa to Malawi.
“On approaching the 186km peg on the Harare -Masvingo road the accused failed to keep the vehicle under control resulting in the vehicle veering to the right side of the road and overturning. “Eight people were injured while a two -year -old girl died on the spot and a four –year- old girl who was seriously injured died upon admission to Gweru Provincial Hospital. On December 21 the two deceased children were examined and their cause of death was as a result of the injuries sustained in the accident,” said Muzembi.
He said the driver was negligent. “He failed to stop or act reasonably when the accident seemed imminent and travelling at an excessive speed under the circumstances,” said Mr Muzembi. (A life worth only $100. Shameful – Ed)
Boy, 5, sole survivor as family perishes
Jan. 06 2017 By GEORGE MUGO The family’s Toyota Corolla at Lari police station on Tuesday /GEORGE MUGO
A five-year-old boy who survived a car crash that killed his entire family on New year’s Day at Magina, Lari constituency, is still admitted at AIC Kijabe Hospital.
Daniel Kamau and his family were travelling from Nakuru to Nairobi when the Toyota Corolla they were in collided head on with a Mistubishi canter. His father Ng’ang’a Nduati, mother Tabitha, siblings John and Mercy died on impact. His uncle Geoffrey Mungai also perished. “It was an ugly scene. The family had been badly injured. We only managed to remove the boy and the Canter driver,” witness John Wainaina said.
A source at the hospital, who did not want be named, yesterday said Kamau is receiving specialised treatment.
Nigeria: Mechanic kills 3 in ghastly accident
– A mechanic who drove his customer’s vehicle has killed three people in a motor accident
-The mechanic was blamed for the accident and had to run away from the scene to escape being lynched by an angry mob
– The residents had claimed that about nine people died in the accident before the figure was later clarified by an FRSC official
Three people have been left dead in a ghastly accident that occurred in Plateau state on Monday, January 2. Premium Times reports that the accident involved an SUV car, a tricycle, and two motorcycles. According to an eyewitness, a mechanic whose name is unknown caused the accident when he drove the car that belonged to his customer.
The mechanic drove it into the tricycle and the motorcycle. It was learned that the mechanic was at fault as he rammed into the tricycle and the motorcycle. The angry residents in the area thereafter set the wreckage of the vehicle ablaze and the driver ran away to save his life.
The residents claimed that about nine people died in the accident before the figure was later clarified by an FRSC official. The spokesperson of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Plateau, Andrew Bala, said three people died from the accident.
“The accident occurred yesterday (Monday, January 2, 2017,) afternoon along ECWA secondary school Maingo, in Bassa local government. “Three persons died on the spot. Three others who sustained injuries, our men on patrol rescued them, and they are being treated at the Evangel specialist hospital, here in Jos.
“Among the dead were two adults and a child,” he said.
Kenya: 11 die 7 injured in Kisumu road accident
– At least 11 people have died in a fatal road accident in Kisumu County
– The 7 am accident occurred when the overloaded matatu plunged into a culvert
Several learners reporting back to school are feared to be among the 11 passengers who died following a fatal matatu accident on Thursday, January 5.
The 7 am accident occurred when the overloaded matatu plunged into a culvert leading to the deaths.
The matatu is said to have been overloaded mainly with school going children reporting back for their first term when the accident occurred in Nyakach, Kisumu county.
The accident also left another seven passengers nursing serious injuries. The injured were rushed to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral hospital.
Sacrificial ceremony being planned as man who DIED in grisly road accident resurrects
– A man, believed to have died 5 months ago has resurrected
– His family buried his co-worker with whom he was involved in a grisly fatal road accident
A mourning family was thrown into disarray after the son they had buried a month earlier turned up at their door step.
Vincent Oyugi was presumed dead after a vehicle he had been travelling in was involved in a deadly accident in August 2016, killing three fellow workers.
“It is true that I was in the pick up but I jumped out shortly after it rolled. I got a scratch but walked away shocked and did not come back to the scene. Perhaps this led to the conclusion that I had died,” said Oyugi. The accident occurred in Ewaso Nyiro, Narok county when the pickup was headed to a local market to deliver cabbage.
The news of the grisly accident sparked off funeral arrangements which culminated in the collection and burial of a body on December 4, 2016.
“The autopsy and identification of the body was done at the Narok county hospital before we were given permission to take him home. The body was in bad shape and no DNA tests were done to ascertain if the body belonged to our kin,” said Vincent’s mother, Eunice Oyugi.
On Tuesday, January 3, 2017, Vincent walked into his family’s compound in Kisii county and family and neighbors could not believe their eyes. His mother told of how she was farming when she received a call from her husband that their son was alive, and she did not know how to react to this news. “I had to go through the birth marks to ascertain if he truly was my son,” added Eunice. Vincent said he had been at his Narok residence the entire time, not knowing that his family had been looking for him.
“On New Year, I went to check on my brother who also lives in Narok but he ran from me as if he had seen a ghost. I am happy to be back among my family and thank God for that,” added Oyugi. However, before he can rightly resume his place in the family, certain rituals have to be performed.
Namibia: 83 die in road crashes during the holiday
News – National | 2017-01-05 by Ndapewoshali Shapwanale
THE Motor Vehicle Accident Fund said 83 people died in 411 vehicle crashes which left 846 injured between 1 December 2016 and 2 January 2017.
According to statistics obtained from the MVA Fund by The Namibian yesterday, the deaths increased from 67 while injuries decreased from 881 during the same period last year. The statistics also show that the number of crashes increased this year from 410 to 411.
Police deputy inspector general for operations, major general James Tjivikua, told Nampa last week that 65 of the 83 people died between 22 November and 26 December last year.
He also said the Khomas region had the highest number of crashes in November at 132, while the lowest – three crashes – were recorded in the Zambezi region. Tjivikua said Khomas also recorded the highest number of deaths at 13; followed by Otjozondjupa with 10, and Zambezi with one. Kavango East and West both recorded zero deaths.
The increase in the deaths comes after the fund implemented the 2016/2017 festive season road safety campaign that received considerable support from the business community to the amount of N$1 million.
MVA acting chief executive officer Fanuel Uugwanga was recently quoted as saying that 617 people died and 6 180 others were injured between January and 20 November last year. The police arrested 198 drivers for traffic violations such as driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding as well as driving without a valid driving licence.
A woman sustained serious head injuries after she jumped through a window of a moving commuter omnibus and fell headlong on the tarmac in Bulawayo yesterday.
Five others, including the driver, also escaped with varying degrees of injuries from the vehicle that had caught fire along Khami Road opposite Bulawayo City Council stores at around 9AM as it was heading towards New Magwegwe.
The woman panicked when she noticed the fire and jumped through the window with her baby. She sustained serious head injuries while the baby was not injured. The cause of the fire could not be established immediately, but there are suspicions that petrol was leaking from the vehicle.
Bulawayo chief fire officer Mr Richard Peterson said they rescued six people including an 11-year-old boy. All the injured people were rushed to Mpilo Central Hospital.
“I can confirm that we received a report of a kombi which caught fire along Khami Road. Six people including the driver sustained injuries and were taken to Mpilo Central Hospital,” he said. “One of the passengers, a woman who was carrying a baby, jumped headlong through the window while trying to evacuate herself and sustained serious head injuries. “We are happy no one died and hope that the woman will make it. Her baby survived the incident with no injuries and that’s a plus,” said Mr Peterson.
“I would like to urge kombi operators to take people’s lives seriously by ensuring that they service their vehicles consistently. I suspect that there was a petrol leakage somewhere in the vehicle which could have been avoided.”
A kombi driver who spoke on condition of anonymity said smoke started coming from the vehicle when it was in motion.
“I was driving and noticed smoke coming out of the kombi. Within a few minutes the smoke was distracting my vision and I had to park my vehicle by the roadside. By the time I got out of my kombi, the other kombi was in flames though the driver managed to escape with some injuries,” he said.
“The Fire and Ambulance Services crew made it on time and they managed to extinguish the fire.” The Chronicle
Passengers thrown out one by one as commuter omnibus over turns
by Simbarashe Sithole 4th January 2017
Photo: Unity Sibanda: ‘these bandages are as a result of a speeding and overloaded commuter omnibus’
A speeding Muzarabani bound ‘Nemhaz’ kombi, overloaded with passengers and groceries burst a rear tyre in Mvurwi Mashonaland Central province yesterday (Tuesday).
The driver identified as Godfrey Nhambure lost control and passengers were thrown out as it over turned. Seven male adults and four female were admitted at Mvurwi hospital but have since been discharged today (Wednesday). “It was a sad experience because l lost control when the rear tyre burst and the kombi overturned all l can remember is passengers were thrown out one by one,” said the driver.
When Bulawayo24.com visited Mvurwi hospital where the injured had been ferried, one of the victims, Unity Sibanda, denounced the kombi owner for neglecting their medical bills.
“You see these bandages are as a result of a speeding and overloaded commuter omnibus. Surprisingly the kombi owner did not cater for our medical bills and l lost some of my valuables in this accident,” lamented Sibanda.
All groceries belonged to one passengers
Meanwhile, the commuter omnibus loaded from Mbare, Harare and passed through six police roadblocks up to the scene of the accident but was let go reportedly because of corruption.
Passengers blasted corrupt police officers as perpetrators of major road accidents.
Calm has been restored in Muruguru after residents blocked the Nyeri-Karatina road to protest rising accidents. The residents barricaded the road using stones and bonfires and urged the Kenya National Highway Authority to erect speed bumps to reduce the number of accidents. Police cleared the debris and put out the bonfires.
Muruguru MCA Mwangi Kibuu said many people had been knocked down and killed in the area by speeding vehicles especially on the stretch between the KenGen junction and Gatitu shopping centre. He said the most recent person killed there was a 55-year-old man on December 26.
“We are tired of having regular funerals in the village. Our youth are also getting tired of digging graves. We want action and we are demanding it. Next week we will dig trenches to ensure vehicles do not speed,” said John Muriu, a resident.
Nyeri Central Assistant County Commissioner John Marete told the protesters he would make sure the matter is sorted out.
11 killed on Western Cape roads over New Year’s weekend
4th Jan 2017 James de Villiers, News24
21 injured in another Mpumalanga crash
4th January 2017 Jenni Evans, News24
Cape Town – Twenty-one people were injured, one critically, in a third serious crash in Mpumalanga on Monday. Netcare 911 spokesperson Athlenda Mathe said a taxi and two bakkies crashed at around 16:30 on Roossenekal Road in Lydenberg.
Private and provincial emergency services worked alongside each other to treat those injured. The critically injured patient was airlifted to a nearby hospital. The cause of the crash was not immediately known.
12 people have been left injured this morning after a taxi rear-ended a delivery vehicle on the N1 south-bound after the Rvonia turn-off in Rivonia, Johannesburg. ER24 paramedics, along with other services, arrived on the scene and found the taxi and delivery van in the slow lane of the highway.
Several occupants from the taxi were found walking around on the scene while one patient was found lying trapped inside the taxi. Local authorities closed off the slow lane while rescue services used the jaws-of-life equipment to free the man from the taxi.
Once freed, paramedics found that 11 patients had sustained minor to moderate injuries while the patient that had been entrapped was in a serious condition. Paramedics treated the patients and provided the seriously injured patient with advanced life support interventions.
Once treated, the patients were transported to various hospitals for further treatment. No-one from the delivery vehicle sustained any injuries.
Tema motorway accident leaves scores injured
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com 3rd Jan 2017
An unconfirmed number of people have lost their lives after a 23-seater bus skidded off the Tema-bound section of the Accra-Tema motorway Monday morning, injuring scores.
The Sprinter bus, with Registration number GM 3912-13, is said to have had burst one of its tires and skidded off the road into the bushes.
Joy News’ Gifty Andoh Appiah, who visited the scene, reports parts the road had been covered with the blood some of the injured passengers.
She said the severed leg of one of the passengers on the bus had been covered with leaves. Police and Fire Service personnel were on the scene to wash off the blood and restore traffic but they could not confirm the number of casualties.
While some eyewitnesses put the death toll at one, others said three.
14 people were left injured this morning after a taxi overturned on the N12 near the Atlas turn-off in Boksburg. ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene at approximately 05h30 this morning and found the taxi lying on its side on the fast lane of the highway. Several passengers from the taxi were found were found standing along the roadside barriers.
Upon assessment, paramedics found that a total 14 patients had been injured in this incident. All 14 patients were found to have sustained only minor injuries. Paramedics treated the patients for their injuries and thereafter transported them to Sunshine Hospital for further treatment.
The driver of the taxi was assessed and found to have escaped injury. It is understood that the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to overturn.
Three family members died while three others were injured yesterday when a vehicle they were travelling in burst a front tyre and overturned at Insuza along the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls highway.
The accident occurred at the 71km peg at about 3.30PM.
Bulawayo Fire Brigade senior divisional officer Mr Linos Phiri yesterday said the car which was involved in the accident had six members of a Harare family on board who were travelling to Victoria Falls on holiday.
“Six family members from Borrowdale in Harare were on board the Toyota Hilux when its front tyre burst resulting in the car overturning at the 71km peg in Insuza along the Bulawayo- Victoria Falls highway.
“Three people died on the spot while three others were injured. One of the injured was trapped in the car and extricated by the Fire Brigade crew at about 4.30 PM,” said Mr Phiri.
He said those who died were aged 10, 12 and 30 years. The injured were rushed to Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo. The Insuza accident puts the road accident death toll to seven since New Year’s Day and 35 since Christmas Day.
Police had earlier yesterday said four people died in road traffic accidents on New Year’s Day. One hundred and eighty five crashes have occurred since December 25.
Auto crashes claim six lives in Lagos, Katsina
Ogun State FRSC’s Sector Commander, Mr. Clement Oladele, gave the confirmation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sagamu. He said the accident, which occurred around 2:00 pm could have been caused by over-speeding.
“The accident, which involved a black Honda CRV with registration number KRD 933DD and White Daf Trailer with registration number JJJ 107 XD, was caused by route violation and speed limit violation. “The accident involved five persons, two male and three female, in which one male and one female got injured while the male and two female died.”
Oladele explained that the injured and the dead were taken to Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu. The sector commander advised motorists to avoid speeding and also to obey traffic rules and regulations.
Katsina State Sector Commander, Abdu Bagadawa, said the Karfi accident involved a Volkswagen bus with registration number KTU 203 AA with 15 passengers on board. He explained that the vehicle skided-off the road to the bush when the driver attempted to dodge a pothole while on high speed. The three passengers died on the spot while the remaining passengers who sustained various degrees of injuries were rushed to Malumfashi General Hospital for medical treatment.
The sector commander urged motorists to desist from excessive speed and abide by traffic rules and regulations. He called on drivers who were yet to install the speed limit device to do so for the safety of their passengers.
7 killed as vehicles burst into flames after head-on crash
Johannesburg – Seven people were killed and five were injured after their vehicles burst into flames following a collision in Elandsfontein on New Year’s Day, paramedics said.
Five others survived with injuries ranging from serious to minor. They were treated on the scene before being taken to hospital for further care.
Bloody Christmas: 187 people killed road accidents – FRSC
1st January 2017
– FRSC says the number of deaths were recorded in 289 road accidents across the length and breadth of Nigeria
– The statement also said the crashes involved 2,185 people with 1,000 people injured, while 998 people were rescued alive
A total of 187 people died in road accidents during the last Christmas celebrations across Nigeria, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has revealed. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the FRSC said it recorded this number of deaths in 289 crashes that occurred during last weekend’s Christmas celebrations.
This revelation was made by FRSC’s head media relations and strategy Bisi Kazeem to journalists in a statement.Kazeem said the crashes involved 2,185 people with 1,000 people injured, while 998 people were rescued alive.
“In the same vein, 9,619 offenders were arrested for 10,970 offences with 1,426 offenders arraigned in mobile courts. “1,292 people were convicted, while five were imprisoned and 129 of them discharged,” he said in a review of the period.
The statistics, he noted, was recorded during the assessment of traffic situation within the nine-day nationwide patrol along designated routes of the nation’s highways.
NAIJ.com recalls that the FRSC had warned against reckless driving during the yuletide.
It attributed majority of accidents that occur during the festival period to reckless driving and night journeys which exposes travellers to dangers. Mr Arinze Igwe, the FRSC Ilesa unit commander on Friday, December 23, said night travellers were exposed to the dangers of armed robbers, potholes, grounded vehicles among others causes of accidents.
Naivasha accident victim is laid to rest
A 38-year-old mother of three who was killed in the Naivasha accident on December 10 was laid to rest on Thursday in Gakoe village, Githunguri subcounty.
Leaders called for a kitty to support Grace Njenga’s family. Njenga was a businesswoman and had gone to Subukia for a dowry ceremony of her her eldest brother. She was killed on her way back to Kiambu in the accident that killed 43 people.
Ngewa MCA Karungo Wa Thang’wa, former Limuru MP George Nyanja and other leaders attended the burial.
Te leaders said more emphasis should be put to enhance road safety. “Kenyans have a lot of questions and more should be done to enhance road safety. Signs should be erected and stringent measures taken to implement rules as well as eliminating corruption,” Nyanja said.
Thang’wa said Kiambu county has an emergency kitty and the money should help the families of the victims. “Some of the victims had schoolchildren who need assistant,” he said. Thang’wa said both the national and county governments should invest in disaster preparedness.
Njega’s family thanked the government for employing technology to identify bodies, which had been burned beyond recognition.
Njega’s body was identified through DNA.