Cameroon, notorious for its poor roads, has decided to ban nightly public transport between cities due to the many fatal accidents occurring over the past year…many of them caused by heavy drinking.
According to Aoudou Dotel Moussa, director of land transport in Cameroon, night traffic represents 5 per cent of human transport but 35 per cent of road accidents. 1,258 people died last year, with 5,000 injured.
But this is bad news for vegetable growers who sell their produce in local markets. Their goods cannot be transported during the day due to the heat, otherwise the veggies will wilt. One seller, Grace Teboh, says she won’t be able to afford sending her kids to school. Commuters may have to sleep roadside, or walk home in the night.
We can’t help but feel the obvious solution here is cracking down on drinking and driving offenders. Seriously, people have to be put out of work because of other peoples’ irresponsibility? Something seems wrong here. After all, it’s why the Zero Tolerance rule has been adapted in Canada in the USA. It’s not flawless by any means, but it’s a start. Legal blood alcohol level for drivers in Cameroon is 0.8 per cent, but a police official recently told Africa Review that most drivers who use the roads at night drink an average of five bottles of beer while on duty.