Editorial comment: We don’t want a bloody Easter

TODAY marks the beginning of the Easter holiday which will end on Monday.

The Christian community uses the holiday to remember the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Church gatherings from various denominations, are usually a common sight during this long weekend.

For others, it’s a break from work and they take this opportunity to travel to their rural homes to visit their relatives.

There is usually a lot of partying and drinking during the Easter holiday.

In sport, especially football, high-profile games are played around the world.

Today, on Good Friday, we will have the match between Yadah Stars and Dynamos at Rufaro.

The Glamour Boys, the country’s biggest and most successful football club, will be returning to their spiritual home for the first time in five years.

The Miracle Boys are the only club in the domestic Premiership which are wholly owned by a religious organisation,

They are the home team in this match and will be hoping that the presence of Khama Billiat in their squad, coupled with the holiday, will see a sizable number of fans coming to Rufaro for the match.

We should also acknowledge that the Easter holiday is also synonymous with fatal road carnages.

We once again urge the police to mount many roadblocks to ensure that there is order on our major highways.

Somehow, there are some drivers who believe that the holiday period gives them the licence to break every rule possible on the road.

They turn their cars into flying machines and, incredibly, we have seen such wild behaviour from those tasked with driving our buses.

We believe that it is high time that the police force is empowered with breathalysers to weed out motorists driving under the influence of alcohol.

Those found driving under the influence of alcohol should be arrested and prosecuted.

People travelling in groups should engage drivers with sober habits.

Drinking and driving should always be avoided.

People tend to get excited during Easter as they party with pals.

These reunions can end in tragedy when accidents happen.

We don’t want a bloody Easter holiday.

Those travelling for holidays should also secure their homes as burglars take advantage of their absence to break into their premises.

We urge the police to be firm on touts who harass passengers at designated pick-up points.

For the safety of passengers using public transport, we urge them to find transport at designated places.

The Easter holiday comes every year and there is no need for motorists to take their excitement to extremes on the roads.

Drivers should prioritise their passengers’ safety all the time.

The Vehicle Inspectorate Department (VID) should also intensify patrols and weed out vehicles with defects.

People’s lives should be prioritised at the expense of money.

Overloading of passengers by motorists should be avoided at all cost to ensure that we save human life.

The Easter holiday should be a time to reflect and celebrate and not mourn.

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