6 May 2014

Mozambique: Thirty Die in Road Accidents

Maputo — Thirty people died as a result of forty road accidents over the last week. A further 52 people were injured, 22 of whom are in a serious condition.

During his weekly press briefing, the spokesperson for the General Command of the police, Pedro Cossa, explained that the major problem was excessive speed. He blamed the crashes on “the irresponsibility, the lack of courtesy in driving - especially at road junctions, and the total disobedience of road rules”.

The spokesperson said that the traffic police had had seized 37 driving licences due to drivers being under the influence of alcohol.

He also condemned the irresponsibility of those who take charge of vehicles without possessing a driving licence. During the period, 82 people were caught driving without a licence.

During the week the police recorded 131 crimes, composed of 91 property crimes, 34 crimes against the person and six public order offences. The police arrested 101 people.

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