3 January 2013

Zimbabwe: One Hundred And Eighty Lives Lost During Festive Season

ROAD accidents claimed 180 lives during the festive season, which has since been described as the bloodiest in Zimbabwe's history. Another 901 were injured in 1 128 road accidents recorded during the same period.

National police spokesperson Superintendent Andrew Phiri yesterday said they had impounded 1 392 unroadworthy vehicles.

Police also issued 13 278 tickets to motorists for violating various traffic offences during the same period.

"Of the 1 128 accidents recorded, 102 of them were fatal," he said.

The accidents have been attributed to speeding, inattention, misjudgment, following too close, overtaking, reversing and turning errors.

During the same period in 2011, 88 people were killed while 754 others were injured in 1 058 accidents. Of the 1 058 accidents, 70 were fatal.

A total of 1 790 vehicles were also impounded and police issued 103 647 tickets.

Supt Phiri urged motorists to exercise caution and obey all traffic rules and regulations.

He said members of the force would remain deployed on the country's major roads to ensure there was sanity.

A total of 147 people were killed in 2011 while 1 304 others were injured during the festive season.

From January to October this year, 28 929 accidents were recorded as compared to 26 500 recorded during the same period last year.

Last week, Government had increased the visibility of law enforcement agencies on the country's major roads to curb road accidents that have so far claimed 166 people.

Transport, Communications and Infrastructural Development Minister Nicholas Goche said Government was concerned with the increased number of deaths compared to 2011.

He said it was disturbing to note that road fatalities were increasing during this period despite the heavy presence of law enforcement agencies.

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