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Road accidents down by 50 percent

Report by the road traffic branch of the Malawi Police Service (MPS) has disclosed that it has registered a 50 percent decrease in the number of recorded road accidents during public holidays during this year’s first half compared to the same period last year.

According to MPS statistics, seven road accidents have been recorded this year against 14 reported during the same period in 2014.

National Police spokesperson, Rhoda Manjolo, said of this year accidents have so far claimed two lives.

“We have registered two fatal accidents but last year we lost 10 lives to accidents during public holidays. Even the severity of this year’s accidents is minimal as most of them also have involved damages only,” said Manjolo.

She further said the increased deployment of traffic officers on the country’s roads to enhance patrols has enabled the police to help prevent accidents.

“Increased traffic police officers visibility on the roads and intensive traffic patrols and checks conducted throughout this period have ensured adherence to road safety measures, hence the reduction in the number of road accidents during festive seasons and public holidays,” said Manjolo.

The police records show that the Central Region has had three accidents with one fatal accident just like the Southern Region and the Northern Region has so far registered one accident while the Eastern Region has not registered any accident.

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