Pas­sen­gers need to take own­er­ship of road safety

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

ED­I­TOR — In the wake of re­cent traf­fic ac­ci­dents al­low me to urge fel­low trav­ellers that our lives on the roads must be in our hands, we should take re­spon­si­bil­ity over our safety.

Choos­ing to en­trust a busi­ness per­son (trans­porter) or law of­fi­cer (po­lice) with your life is not jus­ti­fi­able when tragedy strikes.

A FunCargo ve­hi­cle is a four seater ve­hi­cle, five seater at most but you find 12 peo­ple all squashed into this lit­tle box.

Agreed, po­lice must dis­charge their duty but they are not at ev­ery me­tre on the road.

The re­cent Chegutu ac­ci­dent could have hap­pened well be­fore a po­lice check point.

The cause of ac­ci­dents on the roads is not the VID or the po­lice or bad roads for that mat­ter.

Ac­ci­dents are caused by driv­ers who drive reck­lessly, the car own­ers who put un­road­wor­thy ve­hi­cles on routes and the pas­sen­gers who have a to­tal dis­re­gard for their own lives hav­ing the nerve to ride in these death traps.

How many times do you hear a com­muter en­cour­ag­ing a kombi driver to speed? How many kom­bis have you ever seen run­ning empty be­cause com­muters have boy­cotted them for be­ing un­fit to carry peo­ple?

How many de­mon­stra­tions by the public have we wit­nessed against bad road be­hav­iour by kombi own­ers and driv­ers?

Yet we are quick to blame po­lice, roads, cor­rup­tion etc. It’s time we took re­spon­si­bil­ity for our lives. When a fa­tal ac­ci­dent hap­pens the po­lice or cor­rupt of­fi­cial at VID or the ve­hi­cle own­ers sit­ting at home won’t die in sym­pa­thy.

One dies alone. Avoid­ing ac­ci­dents on the roads is ev­ery­body’s re­spon­si­bil­ity ul­ti­mately but it starts with the per­son whose life could be lost.

Ev­ery­one has a role to play in en­sur­ing that peo­ple ar­rive safe at their re­spec­tive des­ti­na­tions a col­lec­tive ef­fort is needed in erad­i­cat­ing ac­ci­dents.

How­ever, pas­sen­gers need to un­der­stand that they are the low­est com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor in this case. If an ac­ci­dent oc­curs they are the first to be af­fected. Melody Gam­bara, Chegutu I DO not see any­thing wrong with Simba Chikore be­ing ap­pointed the Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer of Air Zim­babwe as long as he went through the proper pro­ce­dure and meets the rel­e­vant cri­te­ria for the job. Peo­ple must be al­lowed to com­pete for all jobs re­gard­less of their fa­mil­ial sit­u­a­tion. Qual­i­fi­ca­tions should be the only thing looked at and con­sid­ered. — Thomas Ram­bana­pasi

I RE­ALLY un­der­stand that our po­lice force needs cars. The govern­ment did a good thing to re­plen­ish the age­ing fleet of po­lice cars. I hope now there will be no more re­quests for civil­ians to use their cars to do po­lice du­ties such as col­lect­ing them when a crime takes place at one’s res­i­dence. Thank you for ad­dress­ing this is­sue. — Rumbidzai Manyika.

BANKS and mi­cro fi­nance in­sti­tu­tions have been fleec­ing this econ­omy in charg­ing rates that bor­der on eco­nomic sab­o­tage. I have al­ways won­dered why we have not taken ac­tion on this ob­vi­ous short­com­ing that has dec­i­mated our pro­duc­tive sec­tors. In­di­vid­u­als have not been spared and the abil­ity to save has been se­verely af­fected by these banks and mi­cro fi­nance in­sti­tu­tions. — Farai Garwe, Masvingo

Simba Chikore

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