Urgent: more than 10 dead in an accident on the Douala – Edea axis

Urgent: more than 10 dead in an accident on the Douala – Edea axis

N Melo
by N Melo
August 16, 2022 0

Urgent: more than 10 dead in an accident on the Douala – Edea axis

The editorial staff of scop4.com has just learned that a very violent accident took place this Tuesday morning on the Douala – Edea axis.

According to our information, the accident involves a bus carrying passengers. There are currently more than 10 deaths.

But according to our sources, the balance sheet of the accident once established could go beyond 10 dead, because the victims are not yet all counted.

The injured are just as numerous as the dead.

Recall that several people died on August 9 at dawn on the Koutaba-Foumbot road.

The number of deaths mentioned by the whistleblower Nzui Manto mentions four people who lost their lives directly on the spot.

“It was early this morning around 1 a.m. that the tragedy occurred when a taxi with passengers on board rushed at full speed, crashing into the back of a truck causing the death of 4 people”, had relayed the whistleblower Nzui Manto.

Officially, the authorities have not yet communicated on the number of victims of this tragedy or the causes. But we have already mentioned the lack of lighting and the narrowness of the road.

Cameroon: here are the causes of fatal accidents every day on the road

Roads not always safe even after their rehabilitations.
The newly rehabilitated RN4 Yaoundé-Bafoussam regularly records cases of fatal accidents, despite the road safety measures put in place by the national gendarmerie to fight against speeding and road prevention teams from the Ministry of Transport to organize checks.

A newly rehabilitated road should be safer and meet all safety criteria. The causes of accidents on the RN4 are shared between users and organizations in charge of planning road safety measures; in particular the awareness of the users on the respect of the vertical signs and the horizontal signage, however it noted that nearly 92% of the users do not respect the signs and a good part of these users do not know how to interpret the vertical and horizontal signage . However, in the realization of road safety equipment, it is necessary to relaunch the absence of planning and precise implementation according to the instructions on road safety.

The instructions of November 8, 1968 of the Vienna Convention on Road Signs indicate that road signs must always remain visible day and night. The latter must also retain the same appearance for the sake of the safety of road users.

This article also specifies that traffic signs must be retroreflective or, in certain
specific cases, illuminated or luminous.

The importance of the role of road signs increases with the development of traffic.
Well designed and built, it reduces the causes of accidents and facilitates traffic. Insufficient, too
abundant or improper, it is a factor of embarrassment and insecurity. The main criteria of effectiveness are: uniformity, homogeneity, simplicity and continuity of the
directions indicated.

At night, signage and beaconing are among the few landmarks and indications available to
users. They must therefore be perfectly visible and have substantially the same appearance as during the day.
The legibility of the road as perceived by the user at night is essential to road safety and must be
the subject of careful analysis, taking care, in particular, of homogeneity and consistency both from
time to time and along a route.
The visibility of the signs at night is essentially ensured by the use of
retroreflective devices or materials or lighting devices.

Signs and signs must be visible and maintain the same appearance night
and day. Unless otherwise specified in certain articles of the instructions on road safety, they are
all retroreflective or possibly under certain well-defined conditions.
Retroreflective coatings must have been the subject of either approval or
authorization for use on an experimental basis. The retroreflectorization covers the entire surface of the panels
and placards with the exception of the black or gray parts.
The overall level of service offered at night by signs and placards is linked to their luminance (therefore to
the quantity of light sent to the vehicle). An absolute minimum level of service can be defined
for each type of network; it is higher on a major road or in a built-up area due to
traffic or environmental constraints.
For the sake of consistency and efficiency, the panels seen at the same time have the advantage of having
equivalent luminances for the motorist concerned: thus, for example, a panel must not be mixed
with a class 1 retroreflective coating in the same field of vision, with a
sign having a Class 2 retro-reflective coating or an illuminated sign. The panels must be unique over the entire network as well as E42 type panels on the RN4 Yaoundé-Bafoussam-Babajou

Many challenges remain to be met, from the RN3 to RN5 and the entire national road network.

The absence of horizontal signage.

Ground markings and their importance
In some places, ground markings are becoming less and less visible, and in particular on certain main thoroughfares. In other places, the markings on the ground have completely disappeared. Pedestrians are increasingly worried and cannot always cross the road, motorists taking advantage of the absence or blurring of the markings on the ground to drive at full speed.

You should know that ground markings are part of road safety, it is what allows the roadway to speak. A distinction is made between vertical signage (panels, etc.) and horizontal signage (or markings on the ground). This positions road users in relation to the strips located on the roadway: it makes it possible to guide the user (whether on foot, by bicycle, by motorbike or by car) in relation to other road users.

The marking on the ground is traced using special solvent-based or thermoplastic paints. Arrows, continuous lines, discontinuous or writing on the roadway allow everyone to position themselves. After the construction of the road, the markings on the ground are used for the peaceful and safe use of the roadway. Its importance is paramount since it allows people to move and circulate intelligently.

What is the importance of floor markings?

The most well-known and common horizontal signaling is the pedestrian crossing, this space dedicated specifically to the crossing of people on foot. As soon as a user enters this zone, he must be allowed to pass, unless other signals indicate otherwise. Pedestrians must also respect a certain crossing time so as not to obstruct traffic, cause traffic jams or accidents.

Other horizontal signals may concern the direction of traffic, the speed to be adopted, the possibility or not of overtaking or the signaling of an area where a certain number of rules must be observed. The importance of road markings is essential since it is therefore thanks to it that we protect the various road users by giving them the rules to be respected (by all users) in order to minimize the risks and thus allow everyone to use the roadway safely (provided everyone obeys the rules).

Thus, the techniques used for the application, the choice of paints and colors must respect a certain nomenclature and the quality of the marking on the ground must be there so that it is as clear and readable as possible for all. . This is what, ultimately, will best avoid the risk of road accidents.

Experience proves that it is beneficial to periodically inspect signage day and
night, with a “fresh eye” to remove superfluous signs or remedy any shortcomings.

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