Holiday death toll triples

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Harare (New Ziana) – At least 73 people were killed and 202 injured in 264 road accidents recorded during the Easter and Independence holidays, the police said on Wednesday.

During the comparable period in 2021, at least 22 people died in 401 road accidents.

In an update, the police attributed the majority of the accidents to human error mostly speeding.

“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.

“Most serious accidents occurred during the night where most travelers were observed to be moving in large numbers, ignoring safety measures and overloading vehicles, especially those who intended to go to public gatherings for Easter commemorations,” police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said.

He said the fatal road traffic accident that occurred in Chimanimani involving a bus was the highest with 38 deaths.

The bus was carrying Zion Christian Church worshipers who were destined for an Easter conference in Masvingo.

The government declared the accident a national disaster and paid for funeral and medical expenses.

“It is sad that the country recorded an increase in the number of people who died in accidents and number of people injured during the Easter and Independence holidays. There is need for motorists and stakeholders to have a total change of mindset when it comes to road safety during holidays,” said Ass Comm Nyathi.

He urged motorist to be responsible and always exercise caution on the roads.

“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,” he said.

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