The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has released statistics for Easter and Independence holidays traffic accidents attributing most accidents to human error. In a statement, seen by Pindula News, police national spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said more people died in 2022 compared to the same period in 2021. We present the statement below:
2022 EASTER AND INDEPENDENCE HOLIDAYS TRAFFIC ACCIDENT STATISTICS
The Zimbabwe Republic Police has noted with concern the number of fatal road accidents recorded during the combined Easter and Independence holidays from 15th to 18th April 2022.
As a result, the under listed statistics were recorded compared to the 2021 Easter and independence Holidays.
2022 2021 Total number of road traffic accidents 264 401 Total number of fatal road accidents 32 22 Number of people killed 73 24 Number injured 202 117
A comprehensive analysis by the Police has revealed that most of the accidents are attributed to human error, which includes speeding, inattention, misjudgment, overtaking error, and failure to observe road rules and regulations by drivers. Most serious accidents occurred during the night where most travellers were observed to be moving in large numbers, ignoring safety measures and overloaded vehicles, especially those who intended to go to public gatherings for Easter commemorations.
It is sad that the country recorded an increase in the number of people who died in accidents and number of people injured during the Easter and Independence holidays. There is need for motorists and stakeholders to have a total change of mindset when it comes to road safety during holidays.
The fatal road traffic accident that occurred at the 5km peg along Jopa-Skyline Rd, Chimanimani involving a Luwanga Bus was the highest with 38 deaths. Another accident that occurred at the 40km peg along Makuti-Kariba Rd involving a Nissan UD 70 truck accident claimed five lives while the accident at the 38km peg along Nyanga-Rwenya Road involving a Nissan Caravan vehicle accident claimed four lives. Two people died when a Stallion Bus had a sideswipe with a haulage truck at the 180 km peg along Bulawayo-Victoria Falls Rd. Other deaths occurred in various road traffic accidents recorded throughout the country.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police implores all motorists to be responsible on the roads and lead by example when it comes to road safety. Churches are urged to allow Easter gatherings to be held in local settings to curtail accidents due to long-distance travelling and fatigue.
(NYATHI. P) Assistant Commissioner