At least nine people lost their lives during Christmas in 12 separate road accidents across the country, a lower number compared to 15 who died during the same period in 2016, police said yesterday.
National Police spokesperson, James Kadadzera, said that most of the accidents were due to over-speeding and driving after consuming alcohol.
“We lost nine lives in 2017 from 24 to 26 December due to road accidents compared to 15 lives which were lost in 2016 same period. So, as can be seen, we have recorded less cases of accidents and deaths than last year,” he said.
However, Kadadzera said they are still studying best ways to use to avoid preventable accidents.
He said those who will be found with offences such as over-speeding or driving under the influence of alcohol will not be permitted to pay spot fines but will be dragged to court.
“We are appealing to all road users, especially drivers, to avoid speeding which results in many accidents. Let me also take this opportunity to warn motorists that whosoever will be found drinking and driving, speeding and exceeding will not be given spot fines as we usually do; they will be taken to court,” he said.
The year 2017 has been the worst in as far as road accidents are concerned, claiming lives of many people.
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