16 die in Easter road accidents –  Malawi Police

Malawi Police say 16 people have been killed in 121 road accidents across the country over the Easter period.

Road accidents such as this have been blamed on reckless driving

Deputy National Police Spokesperson Peter Kalaya said the road accidents occurred due to failure by road users to observe road traffic rules and regulations.

He also  attributed the accidents to reckless driving, citing drivers’ impatience on the road, over speeding and drunk-driving.

Kalaya said in the just ended Easter period, the country has registered 121 road accidents, an increase of 56  road accidents from last year’s sixty five road accidents.

The country has in recent years seen an increase in road accidents, particularly during holidays, despite police’s commitment to step up efforts in ensuring adherence to road rules and regulations to reduce the risk of accidents.

A road traffic trainer and consultant Harvey Mjojo attributed the rise in road accidents to increased vehicle population and lack of public information on road safety.

Mjojo further said the proliferation of automatic vehicles is contributing to road accidents as most people drive such vehicles without going through proper training.

He cautioned motorists to be disciplined on the road traffic, and also urged traffic police to intensify traffic patrols and government to invest more in speed traps.

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Wakwiya ndi Kadeti
5 days ago

The roads are very poor and we don’t hear anything from the government. Just look at the road from Kanengo to Nkhamenya in Kasungu. That’s a death trap. The Kaunda road to Kanengo. All our goes into the pockets of politicians and we are wasting more with the by-elections. The priorities remain outside. It’s not only deaths but also loss of property. The cars are getting damaged and it means insurance companies will be making losses due to negligence by the previous governments. The roads that were constructed by Kamuzu have reached their life span.

007
007
6 days ago

Caution

Almost 90-97% of roads dont have road signs as they get stolen
Also most of the drivers dont know traffic rules
As u can get a license with fanta

Tenson
Tenson
6 days ago

Our roads too are in bad shape,the gvt should do something plz ,some of these accidents are preventable but the problem are our roads.

Munya
6 days ago

In addition, the current conditions of our roads in the country are still in bad shape. There are a lot of deep potholes on the roads in Malawi which are left unattended to for a long period of time. This is another major factor that fuels road accidents in the country.

Jonas
Jonas
6 days ago

This accident rate is too high for Malawi..what is wrong with prudence on our roads ???

Doba
Doba
6 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

The main cause of accident’s is our bad roads that we have ,these are death trap, Apollce auzeni anthu zoona

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