Let's relook our road policies

HARARE - The Traffic Safety Council (TSC)’s recent report made sad reading as it revealed that young drivers between the ages of 26 and 36 were responsible for most road accidents occurring in the country.

With unemployment pegged at 80 percent, driving public transport, especially kombis has become a job to many of our youths. Unfortunately, the young drivers have been irresponsible and causing the deaths of many innocent commuters.

Those who commute to work or school daily will attest that travelling with the kombis is a death trap all too familiar.

On potholed highways, the youthful drivers show little respect for the passengers as they speed with little regard to the lives of those they are entrusted to ferry.

As they try to dodge traffic police, the youthful drivers are in the habit of using unofficial routes resulting in dangerous chases with the police.

Transport owners, notorious for giving their drivers targets should be realistic in their terms as setting targets endangers lives.

According to the TSC, 75 percent of accidents that occurred during the festive season involved young drivers between 26 to 36 years.

These statistics, pointing at young drivers are worrying and responsible authorities are urged to put in place measures that will protect Zimbabweans from those who are reckless.

Accidents are avoidable if the police who are festooned on our roads daily, punish those who do not observe general speed limits on our highways.

The issue of reckless driving; with other drivers driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, requires concerted effort from all stakeholders in order to solve this nightmare which is becoming now all too familiar in the country.

Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) which is raking millions of dollars in road tolls and licensing should come in and also ensure that our roads, most of which are in a state of disrepair are attended to.

We are aware of the potholes that are now part of our tarred roads and the cities and towns should also step in and play their part because residents are squeezed monthly of their hard earned cash by municipalities which award their top management obscene salaries.

Members of the public should shun transport that is not roadworthy and should always report speeding drivers to the police.

Let us all play our part so as to ensure that roads are not death traps but that when people commute their safety is guaranteed. - Staff Writer

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