The Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS) has asked Malawians to undergo defensive driving skills to reduce road accidents.
Joseph Chisamba, the principal road traffic officer in the Northern Region, made the call yesterday when Technical Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education Training Authority (Teveta) employees honed defensive driving skills.
According to Chisamba, most drivers lacking the said training fail to make life-saving decision in tricky situations.
The call comes just days after a Mpherembe-bound bus killed five people in Mzuzu.
According to Chisamba, the driver, who attempted to dodge traffic police and plunged the bus into a stream in Zolozolo Township, had no licence.
The vehicle lacked valid documents too, he said.
“Some of these accidents are avoidable. I would ask drivers to go through this training even though they have valid driving licences. It is very important,” he said.
Teveta director of administration and human resource Ted Chanza said the authority is determined and focussed to protect its employees from road accidents. n