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Road Traffic embarks on ‘Black Sport Analysis’ campaign

Written by  Mc Donald Gondwe

The Department of Road Traffic and Safety Services in conjunction with the Roads Authority and the Malawi Police Service has embarked on a campaign dubbed Black Spot Analysis in various roads across the country.


The exercise is meant to find out various risky areas of the roads that are prone to causing road accidents.


Speaking in a recent exercise involving the Mzuzu - Mzimba Road, Principal Transport Officer at Road Traffic and Safety Services Leonard Mtonya said the activity is expected to help guide various stakeholders in road safety including road users to act.


“This activity is expected to take place in all major roads of the country where a report dispersed to all concerned stakeholders will follow,” said Ntonya.


He further expressed optimism that the stakeholders will act by replacing road signs, speed humps, road signs, maintain roads, and create rumble surfaces among other actions aimed at reducing road accidents.


He however noted with concern that some human activities have greatly contributed to poor conditions of the roads in the country.


“ I want to put it on record that, some people have deliberately destroyed the roads, road signs and cultivated very close to the roads which poses a serious threat towards road safety,” said Ntonya.


“We should be responsible by taking good care of the roads, you see each road sign is important but other people would want to understand its importance after an accident has already occurred,” Ntonya complained.


The Mzuzu - Mzimba Road analysis noted places like Geisha just near Mzuzu City, Luviri, Elamuleni, Mzimba Bridge among others as active areas in road accidents.


The activity comes amidst commemorations of the Africa road safety day which falls on every third Sunday of November.

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