There were 13,748 traffic accidents and 2,145 road deaths in Tanzania in the first nine months of 2009 according to recent data from the Tanzanian police force. In an exclusive interview in the daily newspaper, The Citizen, the acting head of the force, Mohammed Mpinga announced that better roads are encouraging speeding and leading to more accidents.
The police have therefore started to identify accident danger spots throughout the country, to toughen up on maintenance to lorries and buses, introduce more severe tyre tests (several bus accidents in 2009 were due to burst tyres), to endorse stricter alcohol consumption controls and to launch a nationwide campaign to encourage the use of seat belts.
The worst area of the country for accidents in the nine months to September 2009 was Da es Salaam, where almost half of all accident were recorded, leading to 249 deaths. Arusha was the country