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Road accidents increase in Dowa in 2017

Written by  Brino Mwale

Dowa, January 3, 2017: Dowa Police have bemoaned the increase in road accidents in the district in the year 2017 which numbered up to 50, according to Dowa Police Station Officer in charge, Deputy Commissioner Owen Maganga.

Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency, the officer in charge said the 2017 figure (50) is bigger as compared to 46 accidents which were recorded in the same period in 2016, representing an increase of 8.7 per cent.

Maganga said the increase has been recorded in three main busy roads passing through the district such as the M1 Lilongwe -Kasungu, Lumbadzi-Dowa Boma and Lilongwe-Salima roads.

He observed that in all these roads, people involved in the accidents were mostly from other districts.

According to the officer in charge, motor cycle accidents were also on the increase in the district’s rural areas due to riding without a protective helmet, carrying two or three passengers and over speeding, among other reasons.

He, therefore, appealed to the motorcyclists to always observe the right carrying capacity without being carried away with the double profit they accrue when they carry two or three passengers at the back.

Maganga said some accidents are avoidable while others are not. He cited theft of road signs; especially along the Lilongwe-Salima Road as a major factor to frequent accidents in the district.

He asked the National Roads Authority (NRA) to come up with rumble surfaces in major trading centres of Lumbadzi, Chimwaza, Mponela, Madisi, Chezi and Mvera in the district to control speed of vehicles.

The law enforcer has since expressed wish to see that all people travelling in the roads of the district arrive safely in their destinations.

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