SIX people have died while 18 others were injured in 47 road accidents recorded so far countrywide during the Heroes’ and Defence Forces holidays. Last year, 24 people died while 129 others were injured in 237 accidents recorded during the same period.National police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said they had impounded 27 unroadworthy vehicles and issued 262 tickets to motorists for violating various traffic rules.
“As police we have intensified our visibility through roadblocks, traffic blitz and carrying out awareness campaigns. We are urging motorists to continue exercising caution as they travel in the country’s major highways,” he said.
Chief Supt Nyathi said motorists should observe road rules and regulations as well as giving considerations to other road users.
He said motorists should avoid drinking and driving.
Outgoing Minister of Transport, Communications and Infrastructural Development Nicholas Goche recently said all unroadworthy public service vehicles risked losing route authority and the cancellation of the drivers’ licences. All commuter omnibus operators had to adhere with the Road Traffic Act ahead of the Heroes’ and Defence Forces’ Day holidays, he said.
“It is once again time for celebration of our Heroes’ and Defence Forces Day holidays, time when thousands travel to the rural areas to re-unite with family and friends.
“I am therefore urging all our road users to use the roads wisely and observe traffic regulations,” said Minister Goche.
“It is the operator’s obligation to ensure that their buses are not overloaded, drivers are not under the influence of alcohol and to encourage drivers to stick to regulated speed limits as speeding is one of the major causes of fatal accidents.
“My ministry will deal decisively with any operators whose drivers behave in a manner that disregards the sanctity of human life.”
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