EDITORIAL COMMENT : SAME OLD TRAGIC STORY

18 Apr, 2022 - 00:04 0 Views
EDITORIAL COMMENT : SAME OLD TRAGIC STORY

H-Metro

THE bus disaster, which claimed over 30 lives last week, will make this one of the bloodiest Easters since Independence.

It is sad to lose lives during a holiday meant to commemorate how Jesus died and resurrected to save lives.

What is also sad is that this is not a once-off accident.

Dozens of people have always died on our roads during the Easter Holidays.

The Covid-19 lockdown years helped reduce the numbers a bit but it looks like it is all systems go once again.

Before Covid-19 had struck, 32 people died by the Sunday of the 2018 Easter holidays.

The figure was 18 deaths during the same period in 2017.

The danger is these figures will continue soaring if our behaviour on the road does not change.

It is not just the deaths, the number of accidents and the number of injured persons is almost always on the increase – proof that we are careless on the road, especially during public holidays.

The police always have similar warnings to give people before and during holidays.

They also always have the same explanations as to what causes the accidents as people repeat the same mistakes year in, year out.

This year, much like last year and many other years, the police said the major causes of the accidents so far have been observed to be speeding, lack of attention, poor judgment, overtaking errors and failure to observe road rules and regulations.

They also urged drivers to travel at safe speeds and consider the safety of other road users and pedestrians, to be observant when crossing roads and to use designated crossing points.

This advice sounds cliché now but if we could only listen to it, we would not have more than 40 deaths to mourn this Easter.

While accidents are unavoidable sometimes, it is always essential to avoid the obvious causes of accidents.

Driving under the influence, disobeying road rules, using vehicles that are not roadworthy, speeding, driving without a licence – all these are simple human errors that can be easily avoided to save lives.

This plea has been made to Zimbabwean drivers of all ages but it appears the more people are warned, the less cautious they become.

Whether in the form of heavy fines or deterrent jail sentences, there is a need to educate the motoring public (even the hard way) about the dangers of some of the things they may take for granted.

It is time something is done to reduce road carnage and to make pedestrians feel safe on our roads.

However, this is not to say there are no accidents or deaths on the roads after Easter.

It would be great for the police to release statistics of road accidents, deaths and arrests on a weekly basis so that people realise just how bad and dangerous driving has become on our highways.

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