Road death toll up 33%

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Andile Tshuma

TWELVE peo­ple died while 63 were in­jured in 122 ac­ci­dents that oc­curred across the coun­try on Christ­mas Day this year, po­lice have said.

Na­tional po­lice Spokesper­son As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Paul Ny­athi in a tele­phone in­ter­view yes­ter­day said the death toll had in­creased by 33,3 per­cent com­pared to last year.

A to­tal 122 ac­ci­dents were recorded on De­cem­ber 25, 2018 com­pared to 89 ac­ci­dents on the same day last year.

In 2017, nine peo­ple died on Christ­mas day while 42 sus­tained in­juries. A to­tal of 63 peo­ple were in­jured this Christ­mas across the coun­try.

Asst Com­mis­sioner Ny­athi said he could not name the ac­ci­dent vic­tims as some’s next of kin were yet to be in­formed.

“We are still work­ing on our sta­tis­tics and at this mo­ment I can­not give names and ex­act fig­ures for re­spec­tive provinces,” he said.

He at­trib­uted most of the ac­ci­dents to hu­man er­ror.

“It is un­for­tu­nate that we are still los­ing lives on our roads as a re­sult of hu­man er­ror. Most of the ac­ci­dents are at­trib­uted to speed­ing, drunken driv­ing, fail­ure to ob­serve road traf­fic rules and reg­u­la­tions,” said Asst Comm Ny­athi.

He said po­lice were work­ing hard at road­blocks and were us­ing breathal­y­sers to of test for drunken driv­ing. Some mo­torists were re­ferred to med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties for blood sam­ples to be taken to check for al­co­hol lev­els.

“We still have heav­ily in­tox­i­cated mo­torists on our roads and po­lice are do­ing all within their pow­ers to iden­tify and re­move such driv­ers,” he said.

He urged pedes­tri­ans to also ex­er­cise cau­tion on the road, fol­low­ing a hit and run ac­ci­dent in Mbare, Harare, on Christ­mas day.

“We are look­ing for a mo­torist who hit and killed a pedes­trian and sped off in Harare. We urge mo­torists to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their ac­tions and also pedes­tri­ans to be ob­ser­vant and alert when­ever cross­ing roads,” said Asst Comm Ny­athi. —@andile_ tshuma

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Paul Ny­athi

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