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Road carnage claims 565 people in first half of 2022

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By Feston Malekezo

At least 565 people have died in 2,728 separate accidents that have occurred in the first half of 2022, police records indicate.

Both the number of accidents and deaths have gone down in the period under review but police and commenters say motorcyclists whose accidents have gone up are a cause for worry.

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According to National Police Deputy spokesperson, Harry Namwaza during the first half of 2022 road accidents have gone down drastically from 5,997 in 2021 to 2,728 in 2022.

A total number of 565 people died during these road accidents in 2022 while in 2021 the same period 636 people died.

In terms of injuries, during the first half of 2022, a total of 1,749 people got injured while in 2021 the same period 1,518 people sustained injuries.

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However, according to Namwaza despite road accidents going down in the first half of 2022, figures show that there is an increase in road accidents involving motorcyclists.

“During the first quarter of 2022, a total number of 241 accidents involving motorcyclists were registered while during the first quarter of this year we registered 214 road accidents. From January to March this year 25 people died in road accidents involving motorcyclist while from April to June 44 died,” he said.

According to Chimwaza there are several factors that can be attributed to continued occurrences of road accidents which include careless over taking by some motorists and particularly those carrying fee paying passengers.

He further said over-speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and increased number of untrained motorcyclists feature highly as other major causes.

“We are employing both reactive and proactive approaches where we normally books those not complying with traffic regulations for traffic offences. We are also disseminating messages using different mediums to civic educate road users of all classes,” he said.

Commenting on the development Joel Jere Executive Director for Road Safety Alert said looking at the figures there is still more work to be done.

Jere blames politics on the infiltration of motorcyclists who most of them are untrained and operate without necessary requirements for road safety.

“Already we are talking over 565 lives lost in the first half of the year and this is an indication that enforcement should be increased as we are going towards the end of the year, where there are a lot of celebrations such as Christmas.

“When the government rises to start enforcing the regulations against the motorcyclists, you see, a lot ot uprising. But we are saying that safety does not need compromise, the forget that what the police are doing is to save the lives of people. We are saying that parliament should really sit down and discuss the issue of motorcycle operators,” he said.

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