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Govt says pinning hopes on chiefs in the fight against road accidents

25/03/2017 00:00:00
by Manicaland Correspondent
 
Transport minister, Joram Gumbo
 
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BUHERA: Transport minister Joram Gumbo said road accidents have declined by seven percent in 2016 as compared to 2015.

He was speaking at the launch of Village Road Safety Education campaign pilot project held at Murambinda Growth Point recently.

Gumbo said the number of people injured also went down by 11 percent while those killed went down by two percent.

He said the village Road Safety Education Campaign project seeks to raise road safety awareness in rural areas through introduction of community road safety programmes.

“We have noted that out of the 13 million of the country’s population, three quarters live in rural areas and we have found it necessary to create a safer road environment through sustained introduction of community road safety programmes,” said Gumbo.

He said at least 90 percent of road accidents on the country’ major road network are largely due to human error, adding his ministry was working round the clock to rehabilitate the country`s road network to avoid further loss of life.

“Research has shown that more than 90 percent of all reported road traffic crashes are due to human error. Road deaths can be avoided. At national level, government, particularly my ministry, is leaving no stone unturned in a concerted effort to rehabilitate our main highways,” said the minister.

Under the project, the minister said, government will work with traditional leaders, adding “this is government’s commitment to ensuring the safety of everybody while using the road”.

“Village Road Safety Action Committees must be established to champion road safety. These have been trained to become road safety champions apart from being our community traditional leaders.

“Each village head superintends over about 100 households. In terms of reach, road safety education would be cascaded to about 407 200 people in Buhera,”said Gumbo.

 



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