Around 1,400 people die each year in road accidents in Ivory Coast. At least 38 people have been killed this month alone, including eight who burned to death after a car and a minibus collided on a main road 149 km (92 miles) from the city of Abidjan.
While Ivory Coast fares better than many other countries in Africa according to World Health Organization estimates, globally it is thought to have the 50th-worst death rate for road accidents out of 183 countries.
"Corruption is rife"
Most people here, experience corruption in the process of obtaining a driving licence.
When you arrive at the test centre the examiner usually asks you: "Do you have good eyesight?" This essentially means that if you don't want to waste time sitting the test you just give him 2,000 or 5,000 CFA francs ($4 or $9; £3 or £6) and you pass the visual test.
I personally responded: "Yes, I see well". I did not pay anything. But another person I know was told by his examiner: "Don't waste my time, just give what you have and leave.", according to witness reports.