DRTSS Launches Road Safety Sensitization Campaign

Deputy Minister of Transport and Public Works Nancy Chaola Mdooko on Tuesday launched road safety awareness and civic education campaign under the Road Traffic and Safety Services (RTSS) at Kanganjovu Primary School in Kasungu.

Chaola Mdooko said the campaign is a deliberate effort by the ministry to promote road safety in the country.

She said pedestrians remain the most vulnerable road users for the past years and children are also being killed as they travel to and from school.

A student being guided on how to use a 'STOP' sign

The campaign therefore has targeted schools and road side markets.

Director of road traffic and safety services Andrew Sandula said projections estimate that unless radical actions are taken, road crashes will increase by 68 percent by 2030.

Malawi registered a total of 10,799 road accidents in the year 2020, where 1,110 of these accidents were fatal, 687 were serious road accidents.

Headteacher at Kanganjovu school Chancy Mwale whose school has been provided with scholar patrol equipment apart from a pedestrian crossing said the intervention will help protect learners from road accidents.