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Road traffic accidents decline in first five months of 2020

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The National Road Safety Authority says road traffic crashes and its resultant fatalities and injuries have declined in the first five months of the year 2020. Provisional statistics on road traffic crashes from January to May, 2020 indicates that a total of 5,465 crashes involving 9,163 vehicles were recorded resulting in 958 incidents of pedestrian knock downs, 909 fatalities and 5,703 injuries. Compared to the same period in 2019, this year’s situation represents a reduction in cases reported, vehicles involved, pedestrian knockdowns, fatalities and injuries.

A statement from the Authority however says there was a 12.64% increase in fatalities involving motorcycle users over the same period. It said though the reductions can be partly attributed to reduced motorization due to the lockdown policy of government as a result of the outbreak of Covid-19, the Authority did not relent on its  road safety education and advocacy programmes, as well as the efforts of other stakeholders through engineering and emergency response in the period under consideration.

The statement added that while the relative reduction is encouraging, the number of fatalities and injuries through road traffic crashes are still high. The Authority cautions drivers to minimize their travel speeds and avoid wrongful overtaking, driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs and driving tired. Pedestrians are also advised to cross the roads at designated safe points.

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