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SMVAF News - 4.1% road accidents increase - RSP National Commissioner

1 December, 2014 - The Royal Swaziland Police has announced a disturbing increase in road accidents countrywide. These revelations were made at the Road Safety Stakeholder Alliance organised road safety awareness road show in Buhleni on November 22. Speaking on behalf of the National Commissioner Isaac Magagula, Assistant Commissioner Anthony Vilakati said there has been an overall 4.1% increase in road accidents in the country since the beginning of January 2014 to October 2014 as compared to the same period last year. He said 141 fatal accidents occurred, compared to 138 which were recorded same period last year, translating to a 2.2% increase. There were 524 serious accidents recorded this year, compared to 512 accidents, translating to an increase of 2.3% over the past year.

"As a police service entrusted with ensuring the safety of all persons in the country, we consider each death or injury on our roads as one too many. Every death or serious injury constitutes a tragedy to the individual(s) concerned and their families, as well as a loss to the community and the country as whole," said Vilakati.

He said every road user needs to be always on the alert and compliant to traffic laws and regulations. He implored all motorists to be extra cautious and disciplined at all times to stop this senseless carnage taking place in our country's roads

The commissioner identified the following causes of Road Traffic Accidents in Piggs Peak - Drunken driving - Irresponsible pedestrian crossing of the road - Over-speeding - Overloading of passengers

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