Four people died, while 23 others were injured in 67 road traffic accidents recorded countrywide on New Year’s Day. This is a decrease compared to New Year’s Day last year, when eight people died while 55 others were injured in 81 road traffic accidents.
Police also impounded 94 unroadworthy vehicles and arrested 6 344 motorists in 2016. National police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said this year they impounded 125 unroadworthy vehicles and arrested 6 147 motorists for various offences on the day.
Between the last Monday and Wednesday in 2016, 29 people were killed in separate road traffic accidents that were recorded countrywide. Most people who died were pedestrians who were hit while trying to cross roads in separate incidents. Some of the accidents were as a result of speeding.