By Lloyd Takawira
In a statement released to the media the Zimbabwe Republic Police claims that the just-ended festive season claimed 111 lives while 503 were injured in road accidents recorded throughout the country.
The police said the number of fatalities was a slight decrease from the previous year.
Police National Spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said,
” The ZRP recorded a total of 1 406 road accidents between December 15 2019 and January 2 this year as compared to 2 056 accidents recorded during the same period the previous year” .
He went to say, ” of the 1 406 road accidents, 74 were fatal and claimed the lives of 111 people” .
Assistant Comm Paul Nyathi also said , “during the same period last year, police recorded 2 056 road accidents claiming 128 lives while 835 people were injured” .
Nyathi also said ” 157 wanted persons, 2 157 touts and 11 257 motorists were arrested during the same period while 2 516 defective vehicles were impounded”.
“Police officers will remain deployed to curb crime and road accidents throughout the country and the public should co-operate with the police officers on deployment to ensure a peaceful atmosphere maintained during the holiday,” Nyathi.
The police attributed the number of accidents to human error such as overspending , poor judgement in overtaking and drink driving .