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December accidents claim 19 pedestrians

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Nineteen pedestrians have died in road accidents during the first 19 days of December, the Malawi Police Service has said.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the law enforcers describe the situation as worrying, more especially because, on average, one person was being killed in road accidents daily.

Malawi Police Service deputy spokesperson Harry Namwaza said police have observed that more pedestrians continue to be hit and killed by motorists, especially at night.

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“Most of these accidents are happening in trading centres when these motorists are passing but chose to be speeding. We are sharing information through sensitisation meetings to ensure that people are well informed,” he said.

He further bemoaned the tendency of some pedestrians, who do not wear proper clothing.

“Most pedestrians do not put on reflective clothes when moving during the night, which is also a concern. We are on the ground to ensure that those that do not adhere to the rules and regulations are punished,” Namwaza said.

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Namwaza has since cautioned motorists to drive with care and observe speed limits while advising pedestrians to wear reflective clothes during the night.

Road safety expert Abdul Osman said there is a need to intensify awareness on road safety rules and regulations and ensure that culprits are brought to book.

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