Stray animals major cause of accidents: PAZ

HARARE - Passenger Association of Zimbabwe (Paz) has said stray animals were jeopardising public safety on the roads and were now a major cause of road accidents and casualties.

This comes after 12 people were killed and 45 were injured on April 15 at the 242km peg along the Masvingo-Beitbridge Road, after a bus hit a donkey, swerved to the side of an oncoming truck, resulting in a head-on collision, according to the officer commanding crime in Beitbridge, Assistant Commissioner Bobby Murwira.

Tafadzwa Goliat, president of Paz, appealed to government to expedite the dualisation of Harare-Beitbridge highway and ensure that there are fences along all highways.

“We appeal to communal and commercial farmers to ensure that their animals do not loiter along highways, especially at night. Farmers, please keep your animals secured,” Goliat said.

“Driving at night presents many hazards to drivers. They also need to be well rested, which both the driver and the operator must observe.”

He said among the dangers of driving at night are lack of sufficient lighting, compromised night vision, rush hour, impaired drivers and fatigue, which he said all contribute to making driving at night more dangerous than at any other time.

Paz has also issued an emergency and disaster preparedness petition to both the permanent secretary in the Health and Child Care ministry retired brigadier-general Gerald Gwinji and Tatenda Chinoda, the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe officer marketing, asking government to take urgent action against the deplorable conditions of the country’s national hospital and emergency response units.

“Paz urgently calls on government to ensure that there is an inclusive national hospital and medical emergency response programme readily designed to deal with cases of road accident victims built on the principle of immediate access to treatment,” Goliat said.

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