Traf­fic safety cam­paign should run all year round

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

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

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