Drive, cel­e­brate safely this fes­tive pe­riod

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THE fes­tive sea­son is upon us. Merry-mak­ing has al­ready be­gun.

Zim­bab­weans will join the rest of the Chris­tian world to cel­e­brate the birth of Je­sus Christ next Mon­day as well as brace for the New Year the fol­low­ing week.

Those in the Di­as­pora have since em­barked on the great trek back home to join their fam­i­lies and cher­ish what life has to of­fer.

All these ex­cit­ing times have an equal match in the form tragedies that might be­fall us if we get car­ried away and fail to ob­serve rudi­men­tary cau­tion­ary mea­sures to save lives.

Traf­fic vol­umes are in­creas­ing each pass­ing day pos­ing se­ri­ous prob­lems to the mo­tor­ing pub­lic and pedes­tri­ans as well.

As we cel­e­brate with our friends and fam­i­lies we urge those driv­ing to sober up and ex­er­cise ut­most cau­tion on our roads.

Drink­ing and driv­ing is pro­hib­ited and we urge traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cers to carry out their du­ties pro­fes­sion­ally and shun high­way cor­rup­tion.

We urge mo­torists to use road­wor­thy ve­hi­cles and ob­serve the most ba­sic road rules.

More of­ten than not, fa­tal ac­ci­dents are mainly caused by driv­ers who ig­nore fun­da­men­tal high­way reg­u­la­tions such as ob­serv­ing the right of way and speed­ing.

Many lives have been lost due to neg­li­gent driv­ing.

In the same vein, we urge pub­lic trans­port op­er­a­tors to put their buses in good shape and trans­port pas­sen­gers safely. Temp­ta­tions of over­load­ing are high dur­ing this time of the year and we be­lieve that those who are go­ing to man our high­ways will be on the look­out for ve­hi­cles with ex­cess lug­gage.

Cor­rup­tion has been widely con­demned and thus com­muters must play ball and re­port all traf­fic cops who act con­trary to the Ser­vice Char­ter.

As we travel away from homes to party with rel­a­tives and friends at var­i­ous re­sorts, we of­ten leave our homes unat­tended.

Thieves have crude stuff up their sleeves and an unat­tended house or prop­erty is at their mercy.

It’s not late for those who will travel away from home to link up with se­cu­rity com­pa­nies and leave some­one on guard at their premises.

Those who do not have the means to hire a guard can talk to a rel­a­tive to stay be­hind and safe­guard their home.

As we merry make some do so ex­trav­a­gantly to ex­tremes that usu­ally pose dan­gers to those around them.

Deadly scuf­fles hap­pen dur­ing this time of the year and in­stead of en­joy­ing our­selves, some will end up be­hind bars over mur­der re­lated in­ci­dences.

Fam­ily mem­bers can fight dur­ing a party while those who fre­quent drink­ing spots may also be­have badly and stab each other with bro­ken bot­tles.

We urge cit­i­zens to main­tain their cool and re­spect the next per­son.

Our po­lice of­fi­cers must now show change of char­ac­ter and work tire­lessly to pro­tect civil­ians.

It’s no longer busi­ness as usual

They have to win back the con­fi­dence of the peo­ple by car­ry­ing out their du­ties pro­fes­sion­ally.

The last few weeks have been hec­tic and Zim­bab­weans surely need time to cel­e­brate and cher­ish what life has to of­fer.

The Christ­mas and New Year hol­i­days have thus come at the most ap­pro­pri­ate time. Let’s cel­e­brate safely and in style.

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