A total of 136 people died in 1398 separate road traffic accidents recorded countrywide this festive season, from the 15th of December 2017 to 1 January 2018.

According to the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), the number of deaths has increased by 47 people from 89 deaths that were recorded during the same period last year.

“A total of 1398 accidents were recorded this year compared to 1396 last year. 136 people died this year compared to 89 last year. 755 people were injured compared to 565 last year. There were 99 fatal road accidents compared to 82 last year,” ZRP National Spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed.

While the full statistics are yet to be compiled, December 22 recorded the highest number of fatalities with 19 deaths on the day.

Members of the public have been urged to partner the ZRP to help curb carnage on the country’s roads as most accidents were attributed to drivers’ disregard of road regulations, speeding and driving unroadworthy vehicles.

The police also registered concern with the increase in the number of pedestrians who were killed during the period 21 to 27 December 2017, where 27 pedestrians died compared to 12 deaths recorded during the same period last year.

Meanwhile, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charamba said 14 murder cases were recorded in one week, with 10 of the cases involving couples.