Liquor Sellers Flouting COVID-19 Laws To Lose Licences, Road Accident Deaths Rise

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has said liquor sellers who flouted COVID-19 regulations during the Easter holidays are set to lose their licences. ZRP also notified that the number of people who have died in road accidents during this year’s Easter holidays has risen to 26.

ZRP’S OBSERVATION DURING THE 2021 EASTER HOLIDAY AND ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT STATISTICS

The Zimbabwe Republic Police warns all beer-hall, bar and nightclub operators who breached the Government’s COVID-19 regulations that arrests are being effected with appropriate action now in motion to ensure that the Liquor Licencing Board complies with the Government’s stance to revoke all licences for operators who are not complying with the law.

Operators who defied the law during the Easter Holiday in Harare, Bulawayo Gweru, Mutare and other towns are being dealt with. Police will ensure that licences confiscated are handed over to the relevant Government arms for the stipulated penalties to be effected.

The public is therefore urged to continue supplying information on these errant beer-hall, bar or nightclub operators for decisive action to be taken. Police will avail statistics on the operation in due course.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Republic Police reports that cumulative road traffic accident statistics for the 2021 Easter Holiday are as follows:-

20212020
Total road traffic accidents231178
Fatal accidents2508
Number of people killed2608
Number of people injured14922

The major causes of fatal road traffic accidents have been observed to be speeding, inattention, misjudgement, overtaking errors and failure to observe road rules and regulations which can all be attributed to human error.

We urge drivers to travel at safe speeds, considering the condition of the roads and safety of other road users. Pedestrians are also being urged to be observant when crossing any road and should check either sides of the road to ensure it is safe to cross before doing so. Motorists should be patient, considerate and observant on approaching roads under construction or repair.

The public is urged to continue observing the Government’s COVID-19 health, safety and security protocols by wearing face masks, practising social distancing and sanitisation.

The Police, therefore, warns Public Service Vehicle operators who are conducting inter-city movements and not complying with COVID-19 regulations by carrying passengers exceeding the 50% threshold allowed, with some carrying standing passengers, that the law will be applied to the bus crews / operators. Pirate and mushikashika’ vehicles will be impounded and action taken on the owner as well as on the Police officers who are allowing them passage on the roads.

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