Sixty-nine people in Eastern Region of Malawi died in a recorded 109 road accidents in the past five months, the Police have said.
In the same period last year, the Eastern Region police registered 136 road accidents and 55 deaths, representing a decrease of 19.9 percent on road accidents but an increase of 25.5 percent on the number of people who died due to road accidents.
In a report released Monday, the Eastern Region Police attributed most of the accidents to speeding or negligence by drivers.
Traffic Police in-charge for the Eastern Region Stanley Mumba has since appealed to passengers to take a leading role in the fight against road accidents by cautioning drivers when they are driving carelessly or report to Police or Road Traffic Department.
Mumba also advised passengers and vehicle owners to observe seating capacity adding that his department is intensifying its operations in the region.
“As police, we are intensifying all efforts aimed at reducing accidents in the region. Time is over for lawbreakers and all motorists using un-roadworthy vehicles on the roads of Malawi,” Mumba said.
Last Sunday, Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development Cecilia Chazama’s driver and bodyguard died in a road accident at Kaphikamtama Village along the Blantyre-Zalewa road in Blantyre.