Let's exercise caution this festive season

HARARE - The last festive season was by no doubt one of the bloodiest over the years as several lives were lost mainly due to human error in our blood thirsty roads.

Musicians composed songs and awareness campaigns were the order of the day but all this failed to turn things for the better.

Police maintained a round-the-clock presence on major highways in a bid to curb road carnage but the opposite happened as more lives were lost.

A journalist from a local broadcaster dared to ask a top police spokesperson of this ironic turn of events but the top cop tried though unsuccessfully to duck the question and ended up giving a long list of the importance of police presence on the country’s roads.

Indeed the police and vehicle inspection departments are vital cogs in making sure that travellers are safe but in most cases they are largely to blame as a lot of defective vehicles are strewn in all our roads.

As the cash squeeze continues to hit hard on most sectors of the economy, the need for the precious dollar will drive unscrupulous transport operators to hike fares and the temptation to unleash unroadworthy vehicles on the road will not be easy to overcome.

All this will take place in the full glare of the police and VID as long as the operators can pay the fine or bribe and proceed, further placing the lives of people at risk.

Zimbabweans have shown some resilience in that they will try by all means to travel during such holidays as this one, some will go on religious pilgrimages while others will travel to rural areas to see relatives or conduct some rituals.

The volume of traffic will naturally increase with a resultant increase in incidences of road traffic accidents.

The culling that we witnessed during the festive season must not be repeated and all users of the road must be very cautious on the country’s roads which are in a bad state.

Some people are beginning to question the relevance of Zinara and all those funds they collect at the tollgates.

Where is all that money going when there is no sign of improvement in the state of many roads?

Some commuter omnibus drivers in Harare questioned the logic behind the purchase of brand new vehicles for the City of Harare traffic section to be used in high speed chases of pirate taxis and traffic offenders.

Wouldn’t it be noble instead to use such funds to fill all the potholes that have the potential to tear apart the rule that says keep well left to keep away from the side that has potholes?

Those who indulge in the wise waters should not be allowed at the wheel. Driving under the influence of alcohol greatly endangers the lives of other road users and those found driving under the influence of alcohol should be given deterrent measures.

It seems our laws are too relaxed as some people have the guts to drive motor vehicles without licenses, a reflection of the moral breakdown of our society.

If this cancer of contempt for law continues unabated, then we will continue to lose precious lives on our roads.

Life is too precious; we should all play our part in maintaining safety on the roads.

Most accidents have also been attributed to over-speeding. As we mark Christmas, we should be guided by the principle that it is essential to arrive safely.

We should desist from rushing for no apparent reason, Jesus travelled to Jerusalem on a donkey.

Take it easy, drive safely to arrive alive and paste a poster on your home with the words “welcome back driver from an accident free journey”.

I wish you all a happy festive season, please travel safely. To all Christians, please mark the anniversary of the death of the messiah for through it, you were given everlasting life.

Comments (1)

Strong message, point of correction, it is the anniversary of the birth of the messiah not his death.

Vari Barwe - 21 December 2013

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