Traffic safety campaign should run all year round
EDITOR — It is laudable that the beginning of the month of August witnessed a Heroes holiday campaign by the Zimbabwe Traffic Safety Council.
It is important that we celebrate the blood that was shed for the cause of freedom instead of mourning blood needlessly spilt through human error and lawlessness on the roads.
It is lamentable that we mourned 13 loved ones and 67 were injured in 101 accidents over this short period. This goes to show how important traffic awareness is.
The accident figures almost replicate last year’s. This shows that campaigns need to be sustained in order to yield the desired results. The campaign must continue beyond the August holidays, as it has the potential to save lives ahead of the festive season.
I also urge the timely dualisation of the Chirundu HarareBeitbridge Highway which should be aided by the building of referral hospitals near all major highways. This will allow health practitioners a quick response to accidents and minimise loss of life.
e responsibility of educating motorists and road users about road rules lies with everyone, from the police to ordinary citizens, as more people are bound to benefit from collective efforts.
A clear traffic safety policy must be drafted as it will make public the repercussions associated with reckless conduct on our roads.
ZRP must be commended for taking necessary precautions against unroadworthy vehicles and lawless motorists. However, more lives would be saved should the force be more consistent with these measures.
Some motorists, especially kombi drivers, remain on the errant side and it seems speed is the only principle that guides them. Reports of corruption on the roads are also rife. The bad vibrations emanating from this are impeding well-meaning efforts to reduce loss of life. Lovemore Kashawo