By Chisomo Phiri

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi Police has recorded a total of 45 road accidents and 14 fatalities during this year’s Easter holiday.

Malawi Police Public Relations Officer Felix Misomali, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday April 19, 2022.

According to Misomali, the accidents were recorded from the midnight of April 14 to midnight of April 18, 2022, representing a 63% decrease in road accidents compared to last year in the same period.

Road accidents still high in Malawi

“Last year (2021) during the same Easter holiday, a total of 121 were recorded with 16 fatalities,” said Misomali.

Misomali also revealed that the service has intensified traffic checks, day and night traffic patrols and sensitization meetings on road safety to further reduce road accidents in the country.

Road accidents are common in the country during special seasons. In the previous year, the road traffic recorded 1 444 fatalities from 9 416 accidents between January 1 2021 to December 31, 2021.

In 2020, there were 1 221 fatalities from 10 799 accidents.

Reports indicate that over-speeding, unnecessary overtaking and alcohol are among the significant contributing factors to the road accidents.

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