Road accidents increase by 7.8 percent in the last 9 months

The National Police Service has launched a national enforcement campaign to ensure that all road users are safe. This comes after an increase of 7.8 percent of road fatalities recording 3,541 deaths in the last 9 months in comparison to the same period last year.

“The last couple of months have registered an increase in the number of road traffic accidents across the country and unfortunately several road users have tragically lost their lives as a result while others are recuperating in hospitals,” National Police Service (NPS)-Spokesperson Bruno Shioso.

From January 1st to September 26th 2022, the NPS has recorded a total of 15,924 road accidents victims nationwide; 3,541 were fatalities, 7,236 were critically injured, and 5,147 were slightly hurt.

We also observe a sharp increase in fatalities among passengers and in the last one week, (18-26 September 2022) a total of 145 persons have perished,” read part of the press statement.

The National Police Service stated that the areas of compliance that will be checked; PSV licence and badge validity verification, motor vehicle inspection sticker verification for PSVs and commercial vehicles, Fleet Speed monitoring, lane discipline enforcement to prevent overlapping and dangerous overtaking, and passenger seatbelt use. The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), will also be undertaking a public awareness campaign over the period of the enforcement.


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