New Zimbabwe (London)

13 August 2014

Zimbabwe: 40 Killed in Accidents Over the Holiday

A TOTAL of 40 people died country-wide in road accidents during the Heroes and Defence Forces holidays while 139 were injured according to the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP).

Last year 43 deaths were recorded during the same period while 189 injures were suffered.

ZRP National Spokesperson, Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said the reduced number was due to more careful driving and high police presence.

"The participation of other stakeholders such as the Vehicle Inspection Department and the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe also played a part in reduced accidents which as police were happy if numbers reduce," he said.

Over 26,000 tickets were issued for various traffic offences while 294 vehicles were impounded for various defects.

A total of 30 people were killed over the Easter holiday in traffic accidents this year, a slight decrease compared to the 34 who perished during the same period last year.

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