Assessing the Effectiveness of Traffic Police in Preventing Road Accidents in Tanzania

Luambano, Elias (2014) Assessing the Effectiveness of Traffic Police in Preventing Road Accidents in Tanzania. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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Abstract

The main objective of the study was to assess the effectiveness of Traffic Police in preventing road accidents in Tanzania. The study was based on various theories including system, accident causation, risk homeostasis and goals freedom alertness theories. The study aimed at outlining the roles of Traffic Police in preventing road accidents in Tanzania; assessing the adequacy of Traffic Police equipment; and identifying the challenges facing them in executing their duties. This study used questionnaire as the main method of data collection and the sample size was 226 Traffic Police based in Dar es Salaam. The data was analysed descriptively using Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS). The study found that Traffic Police were ineffective in preventing road accidents as they failed to create public awareness on road safety issues as well as conducting daily roadside inspections which made road users to relax and possibly cause road accidents. Furthermore, the study found that there was a shortage of road safety traffic equipment like cameras, road direction facilities as well as Traffic patrol vehicles that could assist Traffic Police in preventing road accidents. Moreover, the study found that Traffic Police had a lot of challenges including poor working conditions and inadequate salary package. The study recommends that in order for Traffic Police to be effective in preventing road accidents in Tanzania more efforts should be devoted to creating public awareness on road safety issues; proper training for Traffic Police and adequate road traffic facilities should be put in place. In addition the government should restructure Traffic Police salaries, and improve their working condition. More refresher programmes and long term training should be organized for Traffic Police.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 600 Technology > 658 Gerneral management
Divisions: Faculty of Business Management > Department of Leadership and Governance
Depositing User: Mr Habibu V. Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2016 12:16
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 12:16
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/689

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