Easter Holiday Deaths Up By 2 This Year – Police
POLICE say 10 people died as a result of road traffic accidents this Easter holiday while 55 were injured in 218 road traffic accidents that occurred during the period.
The number of deaths for this year increased by two, compared to last year’s eight.
According to national police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba, over 20 000 were this holiday arrested for various traffic offences.
This signals a significant increase from last year’s 16 000.
The total number of accidents for this year was 181, a decrease from last year’s 218.
The number of injuries from the accidents went down to 55 in 2016 compared to last year’s 126.
“The total number of people arrested for traffic offences for last year was 16 027 whereas this year the ZRP arrested 20 528 people,” Charamba told state media on Monday.
“This could also have contributed to the less injuries that occurred on our roads as only 55 people were injured compared to 126 last year.”
The Easter holiday, just like other holidays in the country, have been associated with high road carnage as people travel longer distances to see relatives while some lose lives during merry making.