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248 killed in road accidents

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Thomeck Nyaude

About 248 people have been killed from January to March this year in 2,162 road accidents that occurred in the country, police have confirmed.

National Police deputy spokesperson Thomeck Nyaude said the victims died in 231 fatal accidents.

This represents a decrease of eight percent in total number of accidents compared to 2019, where there were 2,350 road accidents that were reported.

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Nyaude said in 2019, 281 people lost their lives.

“Despite the decrease, we have noted that road accidents are occurring more than expected. Investigation results show that the main reasons are speeding which caused 610 road accidents, seconded by ignoring traffic signs. This caused 290 road accidents,” he said.

Statistics from police headquarters show that during the three months, 209 people suffered different degrees of serious injuries

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Nyaude said the Central Region leads with 106 fatal road accidents seconded by the Southern Region where 55 accidents were recorded while the Northern Region reported 44 accidents and the Eastern Region 26 fatal accidents.

The World Health Organisation in its Global Status Report on road safety of 2018, said road traffic deaths halt the progress to realise the Sustainable Development Goal target which calls for a 50 percent reduction in the number of road traffic deaths by 2020.

The World Bank also said reducing road traffic injuries should be at the core of any strategy aimed at developing health capital and hence to contribute to human capital accumulation and enhancing overall social welfare.

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