POLICE yesterday said the Heroes and Defence Forces holidays death toll from road accidents had risen to 29 following the death of four more people in separate accidents in Harare and Bulawayo.
Feluna Nleya, Staff Reporter
“As of 9am (yesterday) we have recorded 182 accidents as compared to 179 of 2013, with 29 deaths as compared to 32 of last year.”
Police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said police had recorded 118 accident-related injury reports over the past two days as compared to 149 recorded over the same period last year.
“We have also issued out 19 365 tickets for various offences and have impounded 215 vehicles for various defects,” Nyathi added.
Harare and Masvingo had the highest number of fatal accidents with each recording eight deaths, followed by Bulawayo with five, Mashonaland Central and East (three each), Mashonaland West and Midlands (two each) while Matabeleland North and South provinces recorded one death each.
“While the number of people who are dying has gone down, we are still appealing to motorists to be observant of the road rules,” Nyathi said.
“Motorists should not speed, they should respect passengers and other road users and try not to overtake at curves or when they are not sure so that they preserve life.”