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The Zimbabwe Republic Police has warned motorists to be cautious and courteous this festive season. Police holiday calendar starts today and ends on January 15 next year.

Speaking to The Herald yesterday, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said the police would work tirelessly to ensure that all road regulations were followed. “We are in full force to ensure that no accidents occur during this festive season. We urge all motorists to observe road regulations,” she said.

Snr Asst Comm Charamba said although there was no increase in road accidents recorded since the beginning of December, it was important that extreme caution be exercised. “Drivers should avoid speeding, overloading or driving at night as this puts people’s lives at risk.

“Public service (transport) operators are urged to rein in their drivers and ensure that they respect the rights of passengers as we strive to have an accident-free festive season. Drivers should also avoid driving under the influence of alcohol,” said Snr Asst Comm Charamba.

She said motorists should ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy before embarking on journeys.

“ZRP will impound all unroadworthy and defective vehicles while anyone who breaks road rules would be dealt with in terms of the law.” Snr Asst Comm Charamba assured the public that ZRP was going to be working hard to ensure an accident and crime-free festive season.

Government on December 5 this year unveiled US$2 million for a pre-Christmas roads maintenance project aimed at rehabilitating major roads countrywide to reduce carnage during the festive season.

The project, expected to run up to December 22, was expected to include pothole patching, edge break repairs and road markings, among other basic interventions, on major national high- ways.

Last year, 86 people died in 953 accidents while 501 others were injured.

The numbers were, however, lower than those recorded in 2012 when 164 people were killed, 749 injured in 1 040 accidents during the same festive season period December 15 to January 15.

Source : The Herald