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Holiday road toll rises to 22

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Police yesterday said 10 more people had died in separate road accidents, pushing the Heroes and Defence Forces’ holiday death toll to 22.

Police national spokesperson Andrew Phiri said Harare recorded most deaths, with other parts of the country sharing the remainder.

“We have recorded 279 accidents due to human error and of these, 16 were fatal. The number of people who perished in these accidents has risen to 22 whilst 250 have been injured,” he said.

Police said they had impounded 756 unroadworthy vehicles and also arrested five drivers for drunken driving.

“This high number of unroadworthy vehicles is worrisome it shows that we have a lot of vehicles which are not supposed to be on the roads, we will make sure that we try something to ensure that these vehicles are not driven on our roads.”

“We continue to appeal to drivers, especially of public service vehicles, to ensure that their vehicles are mechanically soundy before they travel and we urge them not to drink and drive, we know that they are merrymaking, but please if you drink then do not drive, jump into a taxi, that is why we have them,” said Phiri.

Thirty-five people perished just before the start of the holidays in two separate accidents involving commuter omnibuses in Mashonaland Central and Manicaland in a space of two days.

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