73 die in holiday accidents

21 Apr, 2022 - 00:04 0 Views
73 die in holiday accidents There was a total of 401 accidents and 73 deaths during the Easter and Independence holidays

H-Metro

Talent Gore

SEVENTY three people were killed during the Easter and Independence holidays.

A further 202 were injured in 264 accidents.

This was revealed by the Zimbabwe Republic Police. There was an increase in the number of accident deaths this year compared to last year.

During the same period last year, 24 people died, while 117 others were injured, in 401 accidents.

National police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, attributed most of 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 April 15-18, 2022,” he said.

“A comprehensive analysis by the police has revealed that most of the accidents are attributed to human error, which includes speeding, inattention, misjudgment, overtaking error, and failure to observe road rules and regulations by drivers.”

Ass Comm Nyathi said most serious accidents occurred during the night.

“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,” he said.

“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 a need for motorists and stakeholders to have a total change of mindset when it comes to road safety during holidays.”

Ass Comm Nyathi said the accident that occurred in Chimanimani had the highest number of fatalities.

“The fatal road traffic accident that occurred at the 5km peg along Jopa Skyline Rd, Chimanimani, involving a Luwanga Bus, was the highest with 38 deaths,” he said.

“Another accident that occurred at the 40km peg, along Makuti-Kariba Rd, involving a Nissan UD 70 truck, claimed five lives while the accident at the 38km peg along Nyanga-Rwenya Road, involving a Nissan Caravan vehicle, claimed four lives.

“Two people died when a Stallion Bus had a side swipe 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.”

Ass Comm Nyathi urged churches to allow Easter gatherings to be held in local settings to reduce the number of accidents caused by long distance travelling and fatigue.

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