By Yohane Symon:
At least 111 people have died in road accidents in the past six months in eastern region districts of Mangochi, Machinga, Balaka and Zomba, police have confirmed.
In total, the region registered 393 cases of road accidents between January and June 2019.
The figure represents an increase compared to 117 accidents which occurred during a similar period last year.
Out of the total number of accidents for this year, 98 resulted in the death of 111 people.
Last year, 58 people died in 57 accidents.
Mangochi tops the list.
Most of the road users we interviewed blamed traffic officers for failing to enforce traffic regulations among motorists.
“Apart from the fact that road users are also partly to blame, traffic police officers should be blamed for failing to enforce regulations on the roads.
“Minibuses continue to exceed their capacity under the watch of the police. If police can be strict enough, cases of accidents could be reduced,” said Roderick Njanje, a motorist from Mangochi.
However, Regional Traffic Officer, Stain Mumba, said most of the accidents occur due to careless driving.
“We have also noted that there is an increase in vehicles on our roads. Some of these vehicles are not roadworthy. As the police, we are trying our best to ensure that all road users are complying with traffic regulations,” he said.
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