The Malawi Police Service (MPS) say they are saddened with road accidents that have occurred during the Christmas period despite registering a decrease as compared to last year.
During this year’s Christmas and Boxing Day holiday celebrations, police have registered 12 accidents where 9 people have died,according to statistics compiled from the 24th to the 26th of December.
However, during the same period last year, 16 accidents were recorded where 15 people died.
Speaking in a telephone interview early today, MPS National Publicist James Kadadzera who attributed the cause of the accidents to overspeeding, careless overtaking and driving under the influence, said most of the accidents were avoidable.
He said: “Though the accidents have been minimized this year, we are still expressing our worry because most of these accidents could have been avoided. Road users need to change, they need to adhere to rules and regulations. As police, we are not going to stop patrolling the streets until we ensure that sanity prevails on the country’s roads.”
Kadadzera further said that as the country is approaching the New Year period, they will no longer be issuing spot fines, but rather, they are going to be arresting those found on the wrong side of the law and take them to court where they can be given stiff penalties.