ROAD accidents have claimed 130 people since the beginning of the festive season last month, with Zvishavane-Masvingo Road recording the highest fatalities, where 22 people died in three separate accidents.
By Staff reporters
Latest statistics provided by police yesterday indicated that road accidents claimed 28 more lives this year as compared to the corresponding period in 2014 to 2015.
“From December 15, 2015 to January 2, 2016, 130 people were killed in road traffic accidents compared to 102 during the corresponding period, that is December 15, 2014 to January, 2, 2015. Most fatal accidents were as a result of speeding,” national police spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said in a statement, adding the majority of the accidents occurred during the Christmas holidays.
She said 292 people were injured in 543 accidents, while 885 vehicles were impounded and 47 796 tickets were issued for various traffic offences.
Police attributed most of the accidents to speeding, negligent driving and tyre bursts as a result of the searing temperatures affecting most parts of the country.
“According to our analysis, tyre bursts are attributed to the high temperatures the country is currently experiencing.
Despite several reminders that we made before the holidays for motorists to check tyres before commencing journeys, there was an increase in accidents that were caused by tyre bursts. It is clear that drivers did not take heed of the warning,” Charamba said.