UPDATED: Road crashes claim 136 during festive season

Snr Asst Comm Charamba

Snr Asst Comm Charamba

Crime Reporter
A total of 136 people died in about 1 400 separate road traffic accidents recorded countrywide during the festive season. The figures were recorded between December 15, 2017 and January 1, 2018.

Police said the number of deaths had increased by 47 people from 89 deaths recorded in the same period in 2016.

Chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said most accidents were attributed to drivers’ disregard of road regulations, speeding and driving unroadworthy vehicles.

“A total of 1 398 accidents were recorded this year compared to 1 396 last year. 136 people died this year compared to 89 last year and 755 people were injured compared to 565 last year. There were 99 fatal road accidents compared to 82 last year,” she said.

Snr Asst Comm Charamba urged members of the public to partner the police to curb carnage on the country’s roads.

Meanwhile, police have expressed concern over an increase in the number of pedestrians who were killed during the period between December 21 and 27.

A total of 27 pedestrians died compared to 12 deaths recorded during the same period in 2016.

Snr Asst Comm Charamba also said 14 murder cases were recorded in one week, with 10 of them involving couples.

Police have urged people to respect the sanctity of human life and avoid solving disputes through violent means.

In April last year, police said there was an increase in the number of murder cases arising from family disputes, beer drinking quarrels and other criminal activities.

As such, police warned members of the public to desist from carrying weapons such as iron bars, knives, machetes and axes that might be used to commit crime.

In November last year, former President Cde Robert Mugabe called for the restoration of the full effects of the death penalty, with all the conditions that existed prior to the adoption of the new Constitution in 2013.

This followed a steep increase in murder cases, where people were being killed with actual intent. The new Constitution allows the death penalty with certain variations.

Under Section 48, the law permits the death penalty only on a person convicted of murder committed in aggravating circumstances and gives the court the discretion on whether or not to impose the penalty.

The same section states that a death penalty cannot be imposed on a person who was less than 21 years old when the offence was committed or who was more than 70 years old.

“Further, the death penalty must not be imposed or carried out on a woman and the person sentenced must have a right to seek pardon or commutation of the penalty.

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  • Andrew Musonza

    I am not sure if the poor state of the roads in our country does not contribute to most of the accidents. It seems as the Asst Comm does not see it as the main or a contributing factor but sees drivers disregarding road regulations .

    • Tendai Magadu

      The roads do play a part but im surprised nobody ever mentions drunk drivers I would hazard a guess they are largely responsible for night time time accidents

    • Ras Matopos

      It does not, the majority is human error and/or negligence. Pedestrians and cyclists are now in the habit of using the side of the road, wanting by all means to use the tarmac. I tried a number of times to engage the police at roadblocks about it but all they said was they will look at the facts as and when an accident occurs. Combined with the recklessness of some of our drivers who know all the turns, bumps and potholes on our roads it’s ultimately human error at work.

  • mdawini

    How credible are these stats .Could be way of finding their way back in our highways. Traveled during the holiday didn’t notice accidents compared to other years.

  • concerned citizen

    A total of 1 398 accidents were recorded this year compared to 1 396 last year
    simple and quick math shows a difference of 2 accidents and a difference of 47 deaths so quick math suggest that between the two accidents claimed 23 and 24 respectively . these stats are not credible and would like to believe its a stunt to jump back to the roads since they are proving significance in numbers .

  • Christopher Magada

    Africa you must be serious why cant you be civilized like us Europeans. Shuwa munhu kufamba akabata demo kkkkkkkkk