Cameroon – Traffic Accidents: Nearly 4000 people killed in traffic accidents in 2015

Written by Deckson N.

The majority of victims are young people under 25 years according to authorities.

Cameroon has recorded 3988 deaths due to traffic accidents in 2015. These figures were revealed by the Director of Land Transport in the Ministry of Transport. The main cause according to the Government is the incivility of road users. For 90% of road accidents are caused by the irresponsible behavior of drivers of large vehicles.

This is to contain the situation that the Union of professional Transportation drivers of Cameroon (SYNCPROTCAM) in partnership with the Ministry of Transport, launched on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 the second session of continuous recycling for drivers. “This initiative aims to eradicate road offenders to make our roads a safer place,” reported the Emergence daily of Thursday, October 20, 2016.

This initiative is timely. For, “the 4910 drivers recycled, less than 5% were able to interpret the arrival of vertical and horizontal signs. It is rightly they appreciated the content of the modules. Drivers recycled at the first session were not embarrassed to acknowledge that they were completely ignorant of many concepts concerning the Highway Code, “notes Ibrahim Yaya, national president of professional transport drivers of Cameroon.

He added that “a driver who constantly retrain must stop driving. The recycling of card issued at the end of the training is a real business card to the driver.

It must still be reported that the Government is not indifferent to the phenomenon of traffic accidents. Since 2011, the gendarmes have won major highways to limit the number of accidents. Under the banner of the operation, control, monitoring, enforcement, men in uniform are lurking every weekend in the sections deemed dangerous to deter lovers of thrills at the wheel.

On the Yaounde-Douala or Yaounde-Bafoussam axes, nothing escapes the nets of gendarmes. Speeding, overloading, driving while intoxicated, failure to wear a seatbelt and other offenses are punishable with tickets. So that lives are saved and that Cameroonian roads are safer.

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