THE Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe on Monday said Members of Parliament and ministers should take the lead in campaigning for road safety in the country, particularly as the nation enters the festive season.
Speaking to Zim Morning Post, Tatenda Chinoda said doing so would play an important role in reducing by 50% road fatalities by year 2030.
“Cabinet ministers and MPs should take the lead in campaigning for road safety in Zimbabwe, at least once a month in their constituencies and provinces, because it is everyone’s responsibility,” Chinoda said.
He said leaders should learn from First Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa who took a day off her heavy schedule to encourage and educate motorists on the importance of road safety during this festive season.
Chinoda added that major road accidents in Zimbabwe were caused by the negligence of road users, both pedestrians and motorists and not dilapidated roads as previously presumed.
Chinoda said regardless of the bad road networks in the country, most fatal accidents in Zimbabwe between 2018 and 2019 had occurred on the most navigable roads.
To help avoid road accidents during this festive season, Chinoda advised road users to improve their attitudes first before thinking about fixing the poor roads.
“Our roads are not the best but on the best or highly navigable road from Plumtree to Mutare, between last year and this year, we recorded the highest fatalities,” Chinoda said.
He further said most of the road accidents had been caused by the negligence of motorists who failed to obey basic traffic rules when approaching an intersection or curve.
“We have noticed that due to speeding, drivers have failed to negotiate curves, leading to accidents like the recent Trip Trans disaster which happened along Nyamakate Road tawards the Zambian border.
“The other disaster on the intersection of Harare Drive and Borrowdale Road was a mere case of negligence by the drivers on who should go first, with the drivers failing to give way to each other,” Chinoda said.
He further said it was everyone’s responsibility to reduce accidents in Zimbabwe, saying pedestrians had of lately been contributing to the occurrence of accidents.
“People no longer observe traffic laws, even using their cellphones while crossing busy roads.
“There are pedestrians who even compete with vehicles, intending to cross the road first. In the end, the most vulnerable person is the pedestrian,” Chinoda added. Zimmorning post