The Malawi Police Service in the northern has this year introduced Traffic check at every 50 Km stretch of the road as one way of ensuring that drivers are always alert on the road, NyasaTimes has leant.
“We appeal to the public to continue adhering to road traffic rules and regulations. They must drive vehicles which are roadworthy and with all the necessary documents,” Northern Region Police Spokesperson Sub Inspector Norrah Chimwala said.
Chimwala said this in a statement made available to Nyasa Times that move is one of the many initiatives the Police have put in place to make roads in the north safer for every one.
She also said the Police will commence a schools outreach programme to offer road safety tips to pupils.
In a related development Chimwala said Police have managed to reduce road accidents by 27.7 % in 2011 from 28.9%
“We had 180 road accidents in 2011 with 131 deaths as compared to 249 accidents in 2010. This was achieved due to the support and cooperation from the public and intensive traffic patrols,” she disclosed.
On crime management Chimwala said Police registered a 5.8 % decrease although Mzuzu registered more cases of thefts unlike with the other districts
The Police Publicist attributed the decrease to sweeping operations and frequents raids.
“People have cooperative and gave us tips which led to the arrest of notorious criminals,” she said.