Tanzania Arrests Over 18,000 Drivers For Traffic Offenses

Traffic police in Tanzania said about 18,410 drivers were arrested in less than two months for speeding and drunk driving in different parts of the country.

Tanzania traffic police commander, Wilbroad Mutafungwa said the drivers were arrested for committing the traffic offenses in a countrywide special crackdown that was conducted between April 1 and May 10.

“Over speeding and drunk driving are two major sources of road accidents that are reported on our roads almost daily,” Mutafungwa told a press in Geita region.

He said 17,916 drivers were arrested for over speeding offenses and 494 drivers were arrested for drunk driving.

During the crackdown, 128,014 vehicles were inspected by traffic police out of which 48,889 vehicles were found to be defective.

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He said about 38,276 motorcyclists countrywide were also found violating traffic rules during the crackdown, including riding more than one passenger and not wearing protective helmets.

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