Togo: road accidents claimed more than 600 lives in 2021

Tuesday, 11 January 2022 16:03
Togo: road accidents claimed more than 600 lives in 2021

(Togo First) - In Togo, more than 600 people died in road accidents in 2021, up from 556 in 2020. The figure was recently reported by the Minister of Security and Civil Protection Gal Yark Damehane.

According to the official, the causes of these accidents were the same as in previous years: recklessness, drunk driving, non-respect of the highway code, overloading, speeding.

These causes persist "despite the government’s awareness campaign and efforts," Damehane lamented while announcing new safety measures for this year. The latter include urging both bike passengers and drivers to wear helmets. He also said existing measures would be intensified, the category A driving license would be reintroduced, and awareness and repressive actions would be sustained.

Toward the same goal, improving road safety, Affoh Atcha-Dedji, the Minister of transport, launched in December 2021 the pilot phase of the Road Safety Strengthening Project (PPRSR). Expiring in 2025, this project aims to improve road safety through the organization of driving tests throughout the country for more than 7,000 drivers of two- and three-wheeled vehicles and awareness-raising campaigns on the highway code and the dangers associated with certain behaviors in traffic.

Esaïe Edoh

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