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Road accidents kill 927 people in 5 months

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The Malawi Police Service has said 927 people were killed in road accidents which occurred in the country between January and May this year.

According to Officer-in- Charge of Traffic Police, McPherson Matowe, this represents an increase of six percent on the number of people killed in accidents in the same period last year.

The revelation was made in Lilongwe on Saturday during a meeting the police and the Road Traffic Directorate (RTD) had following a spate of accidents in the past two weeks.

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According to the two agencies, they have established that most of the accidents are occurring as a result of excess speeding.

Matowe said it is pathetic that many lives are being lost on the roads of the country.

“This is an extraordinary meeting. We have never done this. We want to brainstorm and find means of reducing these accidents. In most of the accidents, the real cause is non-compliance. Road users don’t comply with the rules. We are going to formulate a shoutout campaign to empower Malawians to report reckless road users,” he said.

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On his part, RTD Chief Road Traffic Officer, Fergus Gondwe, said as a way of curbing the accidents, his agency will be hard on road users because the situation is getting out of hand.

“We are going to be tough because the situation is getting worse. We are calling upon the general public to help us by alerting us on any violation of the rules. We have isolated speeding as the main cause of the accidents. We are going to enforce the rules in this regard using speed cameras,” he said.

Gondwe also disclosed that they are establishing a toll free line which will commence in July this year, which the public will be using to report to the directorate of any person deemed to violate road rules.

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