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Sixteen people have died in 67 road accidents registered during the Christmas season, police have confirmed.

National police spokesperson James Kadadzera Sunday said, compared to last year when five people died in 38 accidents, this year has been worse.

“We have noticed that most of these road accidents occurring during the night and half of these involved were motorcyclists. From what we have gathered, irresponsible behaviour of road users is the main cause of these accidents,” he said

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Kadadzera said speeding and overtakes were major causes of road accidents recorded.

For instance, he said police handled 254 cases of speeding during the season.

“Police have been up-and-down during the festive season, making sure that people feel safe on the roads as well as closing up on all criminal activities in the country.

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“We are remaining with New Year festivities. We will enhance night patrols and sensitisation [campaigns] to remind drivers that they should not speed,” Kadadzera said.

The Central Region tops the list of fatalities, with 11 people killed during the period.

Last week, Police Inspector General George Kainja said police officers would be visible in all cities, towns, and rural areas to intensify safety and security.

Meanwhile, Homeland Security Minister Richard Chimwendo Banda has lamented increased cases of road accidents, especially “motorcyclists that are dying on the country’s roads due to failure to adhere to road safety rules and lack of proper training”.

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