Malawi Police report reveals high fatal road accidents

Police report released in Blantyre on Wednesday has revealed fatal and serious road accidents registered in the year 2012 as compared to 2011.

According to Blantyre police report, out of 53 fatal road accidents in 2012, 56 lives were claimed. Likewise, out of 52 fatal road accidents in 2011, 53 lives were claimed. This represent 5.3% and 3.8% increase respectively. Consequently; out of 107 serious road accidents in 2012, 163 victims were seriously injured.

The report further stated that out of 99 serious road accidents in 2011, 134 victims were seriously injured. This represents 17.8 percent and 7.5 percent increase respectively.

“The road from old Kandodo corner shop to Kameza along Blantyre – Zalewa leads with 20 fatalities in 2012 and 17 in 2011 followed by road from Catholic Institute (CI) to Madziabango along Blantyre – Chikwawa with nine fatalities in 2012 and 13 in 2011,” it reads.

Accidents on the rise

It added: “Pedestrians’ victims took a lion’s share with 45 lives claimed in both 2012 and 2011.”

The report further says out that, adult male pedestrians were on the lead with 31 fatalities in 2012 and 35 in 2011, seconded by young male pedestrians (between 0 – 15 years)  with four fatalities in 2012 against six in 2011.

The report attributed drink and drive, using of un-roadworthy vehicles, over-speeding, careless driving or inconsiderate driving, poor roads geometry, road sign deficiency, road surfaces, potholes, lack of pedestrians pavements, lack of pedestrian / zebra crossings, lack of robots, lack of road marking lines as some of the reasons accelerating road accidents.

Blantyre Police Assistant Public Relations Officer, Lameck Thembachako said road deficient areas have been identified and number of suggested possible measures or solutions on how to reduce the risk of accidents have been lined up.

“We have identified all deficient areas and will put in place measures that will control such accidents,” Thembachako said.

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