At least seven people died in road accidents between the night of December 31 2020 and morning of January 1 2021, police have said.
This, according to National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera, represents an increase in cases of accidents as three people died during the same period between the night of December 31 2018 and morning of January 1 2019.
The seven have died in 42 road accidents, which is an increase from the 29 cases recorded last year.
“We have noted that most of these accidents involved pedestrians who were killed or injured in hit-and-run [incidents]. We have also noted that most of these accidents occurred during night hours. So, it clearly indicates that the drivers were speeding and the drivers were also probably drunk. And, again, some of the pedestrians were also not visible enough in the sense that they were not putting on reflective wear.
“We, as police, are reminding all road users to follow road safety measures. Particularly, drivers should not drink and drive and should not speed. Equally, pedestrians should make sure to put on protective wear when walking at night,” Kadadzera said.
During the Christmas season 16 people died in 67 road accidents compared to five who were killed last year in 38 accidents.
Earlier, Homeland Security Minister Richard Chimwendo Banda lamented increased cases of road accidents, observing that “motorcyclists are dying on the country’s roads due to failure to adhere to road safety rules and lack of proper training”.