Holiday death toll soars

HARARE - Nine more people have died in road accidents from December 26 to yesterday morning, raising the death toll for the festive season from 134 to 143, police have said.

Paul Nyathi, national police spokesperson said the figure recorded so far is nearly double the figure recorded at the same time last year.

“This is mainly because of human error; we have people speeding and at times using defective vehicles,” said Nyathi.

“We have so far issued 10 362 tickets while 824 defective vehicles have been impounded since the commencement of the festive season,” he said.

According to Nyathi, 873 accidents have been recorded, an increase of 73 accidents from what was recorded during the same period last year.

 “We appeal to the public to use registered public vehicles and avoid speeding when travelling. We urge the commuting public to report to the police on road blocks if the driver is not driving well.

“We appeal to the people of Zimbabwe to respect life and ensure that they don’t drink and drive,” Nyathi said.

According to the police, 147 people perished in road accidents during the whole festive holidays last year, while 1 304 accidents were registered. - Xolisani Ncube

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