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The Mozambican Association for the Victims of Road Safety has said Mozambique is the fourth worst country in southern African nation with the worst record of road traffic deaths.”Mozambique is the fourth worst country in southern Africa in road traffic deaths, only surpassed by Malawi, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo” read a media release issued by the association on Thursday.
It coincided with the first workshop organised by the association also held on on Thursday on alcohol and speed in driving, to sensitise Mozambican society on the dangers of driving in a state of drunkenness.
According to the National Land Transport Institute (INATTER), the southern province of Maputo suffered the most traffic accidents. INATTER added that the main causes of road accidents were careless driving, drunk driving, fatigue, the unbridled quest for passengers by the drivers of public minibus taxis known as “chapas”, the poor condition of roads, and jay walking.
According to the association, road accidents continue to be a major cause of death in the country, and from 2011 to 2016 almost 40 thousand people were victims of road accidents; 15 thousand contracted minor injuries, 13 thousand serious ones and 10 thousand lost their life. However, that number may be higher since other accidents occur without its knowledge, it further stated.
Drunk driving and speeding account for about 49% of accidents, but there are other factors. From the period under review, the year 2014 had the largest accidents record nationwide.
Among the road safety works being carried out by various organisations are education and awareness campaigns, building car parks, constructing bus terminals, and promoting limits to the number of hours that people drive.Source: APA