Road crashes claim 148 over festive season

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Harare (New Ziana) – At least 148 people were killed in 2 723 road traffic accidents between December 15 and January 15 this year, police said on Monday.

The number of fatalities is higher than 138 deaths recorded during the same period last year.

In a statement, National Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said 669 people were also injured, up from 647 during the comparable period last year.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police implores drivers to be always cautious on the roads and strive to set an appropriate conduct on safety standards to safeguard lives.

“Above all, the motoring public is implored to exercise extreme caution on the roads during this rain season as some roads are slippery and in bad state. Motorists should not cross flooded rivers and bridges to curb drowning incidences,” he said.

Nyathi urged public service vehicle operators to adhere to speed limits on the country’s roads and stop engaging in highway races while competing for passengers.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police will continue to enforce road rules and regulations without fear or favour,” he said.

Last week, Rimbi Tours and Zebra Kiss buses were involved in an accident in which one person was killed and over twenty others were injured, allegedly after the vehicles were engaged in a risky road race.

The buses were caught on video allegedly racing on 17 January 2023 in Mutoko District along the Harare-Nyamapanda Highway, resulting in the fatal accident.

The Government responded by suspending the operating licences of the two bus companies for allegedly flouting road traffic rules.

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