THIRTEEN people were killed, while 67 others were injured in 101 road traffic accidents that were recorded countrywide during the just-ended Heroes Day and Defence Forces Day holidays. Eight of the accidents were fatal. During the period under review, police impounded 134 defective vehicles and issued 8 377 tickets to motorists for committing various offences.During the corresponding period last year, 13 people were killed, while 51 others were injured in 123 road accidents.
A total of 209 unroadworthy vehicles were impounded, while police issued 10 805 tickets to motorists last year.
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Chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba attributed this year’s accidents to speeding, lack of judgment, reversing errors and failure to give way.
“Motorists should be cautious when driving in built-up areas, especially residential, farming and major highways.
“Driving is an art and requires skills which should contribute towards safeguarding of lives on the roads. Of late, police have recorded cases of motorists speeding, where they end up losing control and killing pedestrians trying to cross the road or standing at bus stops.”
Snr Asst Comm Charamba said motorists were also failing to give way on approaching junctions or intersections.
“Police are urging drivers to be responsible and contribute towards the safety of all travellers on the road.
“The ZRP will ensure that the law takes its course on errant drivers who are recklessly causing road accidents,” Snr Asst Comm Charamba said.