Cameroon is banning all night-time public transit, including buses and taxis, because of the high rate of fatal accidents caused by drunk driving on the country’s bad roads.
"Night traffic represents just about 5 percent of human transport, but represents 35 percent of road accidents," Aoudou Dotel Moussa from Cameroon’s transport ministry told Reuters.
Cameroon has some of Africa's worst roads. Less than 20 percent of the country’s roads are paved, the BBC reports.
About 1,258 people died in road accidents last year, with another 5,000 wounded, according to the transport ministry.
The night travel ban will be in effect between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Many Cameroonians have criticized the ban, including bar and night-club owners who say it will destroy their businesses.
Vegetable hawkers say the decision to halt all inter-city bus service at night will make it impossible for them to get produce to market, because their vegetables will wilt in the extreme midday heat.