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‘5 people die in accidents every day’

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BY VARAIDZO MUDEWAIRI
ZIMBABWE records a road traffic accident every 15 minutes with at least five fatalities daily, the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) yesterday said.

The TSCZ, in a Road Safety Performance Review booklet on Zimbabwe launched in Harare, said 94% of the accidents were due to human error.

“According to TSCZ and national traffic police statistics, road accidents occur on Zimbabwe’s roads every 15 minutes in which five people die every day or approximately 153 people every month,” the booklet reads in part.

The TSCZ said while deaths from road accidents were recorded at health facilities and by the police, the figures were also not aggregated.

“The official road accident fatality rate was 1 291 in 2011, rising to 1 838 deaths in 2016 and 2 000 deaths in 2019. This represents a 35% rise in nearly 10 years within the Decade of Action to Road Safety.”

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