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DRTSS, police bemoan road accidents increase

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By Audrey Kapalamula:

Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS) and Malawi Police Service (MPS) have bemoaned increased cases of road accidents in the country especially in urban areas.

DRTSS Director, Fergus Gondwe, Wednesday said Lilongwe and Blantyre cities top the list of the most affected areas.

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“You are aware that the cities have a big population and the income levels are high; hence, you expect people to have more vehicles,” he said.

Gondwe made the remarks during the handover of six traffic patrol vehicles to traffic police to ease mobility challenges.

He said, in 2017, Malawi registered 3,634 accidents while 5,331 were recorded in 2018, attributing this to speeding, careless overtaking and drink-driving.

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“We are increasing our numbers on the roads. We are increasing use of gadgets in traffic management. We have also procured speed cameras to regulate speed on the roads,” he said.

MPS Inspector General Rodney Jose hailed DRTSS for the support it renders to the police.

“We will be very mobile and respond to needs of all urban areas. It would make it easier for our traffic department to be moving from point A to B where they will be needed,” he said.

DRTSS has bought the vehicles with financial support from Roads Fund Administration (RFA) at a cost of K153 million.

RFA Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Malata, said apart from financing road networks, their mandate was to finance road safety initiatives through DRTSS.

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