SEVENTY-THREE people have died due to road traffic accidents during the Easter and Independence holidays, according to statistics released by the police.
In a statement on Wednesday, National Police Spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi announced that 73 people have died while 202 were injured in 264 accidents recorded countrywide.
Of the 264 accidents, 32 were fatal.
The statistics revealed an increase for the same period last year.
During the same holidays last year, 24 people died while 117 were injured from the 401 accidents recorded.
Of the 401 accidents recorded last year, 22 were fatal.
Ass Comm Paul Nyathi attributed the accidents to human error and negligence.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police has noted with concern the number of fatal road accidents recorded during the combined Easter and Independence holidays from 15th to 18th April 2022.
“A comprehensive analysis by the police has revealed that most of the accidents are attributed to human error, which includes speeding, inattention, misjudgement, overtaking error, and failure to observe road rules and regulations by drivers.
“Most serious accidents occurred during the night where most travellers were observed to be moving in large numbers, ignoring safety measures and overloaded vehicles especially those who intended commemorations to go to public gatherings for Easter.
“It is sad that the country recorded an increase in the number of people who died in accidents and the number of people injured during the Easter and Independence holidays.
“There is need for motorists and stakeholders to have a total change of mind-set when it comes to road safety during holidays.
“The fatal road traffic accident that occurred at the 5km peg along Jopa Skyline Rd, Chimanimani involving a Lwanga Bus was the highest with 38 deaths.
“Another accident that occurred at the 40km peg along Makuti-Kariba Rd involving Nissan UD 70 truck accident claimed five lives while the accident at the 38km peg along Nyanga-Rwenya Road involving a Nissan Caravan vehicle accident claimed four lives.
“Two people died when a Stallion Bus had a sideswipe with a haulage truck at the 180 km peg along Bulawayo-Victoria Falls Rd.
Other deaths occurred in various road traffic accidents recorded throughout the country.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police implores all motorists to be responsible on the roads and lead by example when it comes to road safety. Churches are urged to allow Easter gatherings to be held in local settings to curtail accidents due to long distance travelling and fatigue.”