Holiday death toll hits 91

via Holiday death toll hits 91 | The Herald January 1, 2015

NINETY-ONE people have died while 635 others have been injured in 1 185 road accidents countrywide, police have said.
In 2013, 86 people died while 501 injured in 953 separate road accidents during the same period.“We have also impounded 2 796 unroadworthy vehicles and issued 118 337 tickets to motorists for committing various offences,” Police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said.

Most accidents have been attributed to speeding, overtaking errors, lack of judgment by drivers and failure to give way.

“As the nation braces for the New Year’s eve, motorists are urged not to get excited and avoid driving under the influence of alcohol. If possible they must not drive at night.

“The public should celebrate the New Year’s eve in a peaceful manner and consider the safety of children in all activities taking place,” Chief Supt Nyathi   said.

This comes as police have arrested another tout on allegations of stripping a 28-year-old woman at the Fourth Street commuter omnibus rank last month.

This brings to two the number of touts who have so far been arrested in connection with the incident.

Chief Supt Nyathi yesterday confirmed the arrest of Blessing Chinokudza, alias “Soja” (31).

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police has arrested one of the touts implicated in the stripping and molesting of a woman at Harare’s Fourth Street commuter rank on December 12, 2014,” he said.

Chinokudza was arrested yesterday. His accomplice, Marvellous Kandemiri (32) is facing indecent assault charges and was last week denied bail and remanded to January 12.