Increase in road accidents worries Malawi engineers

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Malawian engineers have expressed concern over road accidents that occurred over the weekend in all three regions of the country.

In a statement issued by Malawi Institute of Engineers (MIE) and signed by its Executive Secretary Martin Chizalema, the engineers’ body has pledged to work with stakeholders such as Malawi Police Service and Department of Road Traffic and Safety Services with the aim of reducing the accidents.

According to the statement, MIE is mandated to protect and assist the public in all matters touching, ancillary or incidental to the engineering profession. Transportation and highways are therefore incidental to the engineering profession.

Accidents becoming the order of the day in Malawi.

“It is in line with this objective that MIE calls upon all stakeholders concerned with these accidents to work closely together in carrying out thorough investigations into the increased occurrences of the road accidents, immediately implementing whatever interventions necessary to curb this trend of fatal road accidents and look into addressing the various root causes of these accidents which represent a major loss to the nation as a whole,” reads the statement.

The engineers’ body has also called upon the general public to take part in reducing the road accidents by adhering to service requirements of vehicles, not driving or using vehicles that are not roadworthy, not driving vehicles under the influence of alcohol or other drugs and avoiding overspeeding and using mobile phones while driving.

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