In Summary
  • Road safety campaigns seem to have failed and we have resigned to fate. We cannot accept that fatalistic proposition.

  • The police and the National Transport and Safety Authority, which are charged with keeping order on the roads, must take full responsibility for the endless carnage.

Once again, the country has been thrown into mourning following the deadly bus crash that claimed at least 55 lives on the Londiani-Muhoroni road in the wee hours of Wednesday. The number is likely to rise and, by all counts, the accident stands out as one of the most horrific in recent months.

It is quite painful that the country continues to lose lives every so often through avoidable accidents. Road safety campaigns seem to have failed and we have resigned to fate. We cannot accept that fatalistic proposition. The police and the National Transport and Safety Authority, which are charged with keeping order on the roads, must take full responsibility for the endless carnage.

REGULATION ENFORCEMENT

All indications point to the same causes of poor judgment and speeding. Possibly, the driver was tired and overstretched as he did the night shift. Unfortunately, after the crash, the NTSA was quick to report that the bus company had not been licensed to operate at night. Which brings to the fore the question: What became of regulation enforcement? Where was the NTSA all this time as the bus company — and, we believe, many more others — were flouting the rules? What about the police, who man the roadblocks?

Predictably, the NTSA and the police will start an aggressive campaign, ostensively to create order on the roads. But that only goes on for a few weeks and they go back to slumber until another disaster strikes.

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