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FIVE more people have died in 287 road accidents recorded during the Independence and Easter Holidays countrywide. This brings the holiday death toll to 30.

Police said 229 people were injured.The accidents were recorded between last Thursday and yesterday morning.

During the same period last year, 34 people died and 157 were injured in 301 accidents.

“We have so far impounded 359 unroadworthy vehicles and issued a total of 9 935 tickets for various traffic offences,” said national police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi.

Manicaland had the highest number of deaths at 11, Harare (four), Matabeleland North (four), Mashonaland Central and Midlands had three deaths each.

Masvingo and Mashonaland East recorded two deaths each.

One person was killed in Bulawayo while no deaths were recorded in Mashonaland West and Matabeleland South provinces.

Chief Supt Nyathi attributed the accidents to speeding, vehicle defects, human error and speeding, among other things.

He urged motorists to exercise caution on the roads.

Chief Supt Nyathi attributed the decrease in road accidents during the Easter and Independence Holidays to police presence on the roads.

“It is also because of the blitz that we have been conducting and awareness campaigns that were conducted in all the provinces,” he said.

Source : The Herald