Highway Crashes drop by 50 per cent in 2012

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Highway accidents reduce by 50% in 2012

02/01/2013

The team carrying out the National road safety campaign says the number of highway accidents has dropped by 50% nationwide.

The declaration was made by Secretary of State in the Ministry of Defence in charge of the National Gendarmerie, Jean Baptiste Bokam while evaluating the 24th phase of the exercise along the Yaounde – Douala highway.

He also indicated that the number of deaths resulting from accidents have reduced by 20% throughout the year 2012.

The Secretary of State on the occasion urged the local population living along the highways to assist the Gendarmerie in sensitising road users on the need to respect the Highway Code and drive at acceptable speeds limit.

More road users now wear the safety belts and avoid over speeding as if to say the messages are not falling on deaf ears.

Unfortunately few recalcitrant drivers still put the lives of passengers at risk. A case in point is a ghastly accident along the Yaounde – Douala highway less than 24 hours after the close of the campaign.

A bus ran into a stationary lorry at Boumyebel killing eight passengers and injuring several others on the night of the 31st of December 2012.

The accident is so far the most deadly reported during the festive period.

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