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IT’S UP TO DRIVERS

By Deputy Editor / Published on Tuesday, 21 Jun 2016 16:03 PM / No Comments / 753 views

21 June 2016

TODAY we carry the story of Stunner, real name Desmond Chideme, who was involved in a road traffic accident along Jason Moyo Avenue on Monday crashing into four stationary cars.

We also have the story of Suluman Chimbetu’s publicist Joe Local Nyamungoma who was involved in a car accident while on his way to his Hatcliffe home from town on Sunday.

On Monday, we also carried a picture collage of a Chitungwiza man who escaped death by a whisker when his Mazda Demio was hit by another car at a car park in Unit L.

While Stunner has not spoken yet, Joe Local said he lost control, veered of the road and hit a pole while trying to avoid an oncoming car that had encroached his lane along Domboshava road around the Sam Levy area.

If that was the case then there was a driver at fault who encroached his lane.

Over 90 percent of the times, human error is to blame for accidents.

Many accidents are a result of speeding and overtaking errors and lives – of innocent people – are usually tragically affected.

While it may be unwise to judge the driver involved before he goes to trial, the fact remains drivers would do certain things differently, given a second chance.

Unfortunately, life does not usually give second chances when it comes to accidents. That is how it happens with accidents and – whether guilty or innocent – drivers know that the power to avoid accidents lies with them.

It is a driver’s choice whether to speed or drive within the limits. It’s a driver’s choice whether to overtake or not.

More than 90 percent of situations on the road are managed by drivers.

Yes, it is very possible for pedestrians to be wrong and even to cause accidents but a cautious driver is often ready to circumvent such situations.

Unlike drivers, pedestrians are seldom taught how to walk on the roads.

They can be drunk, stressed or new to an environment and they will still walk.

Therefore they are bound to make more mistakes than drivers and the latter must be prepared as they are qualified to drive and always get reminders from different circles to be careful on the road.

Constant warnings from the media, police and public officials about driving and accidents have become cliché to many.

Warnings about speeding, drinking and driving et cetera have been loaded upon drivers by every sort of media over the years.

But people have continued to die from accidents and even that has become cliché – a type of cliché no one wants to experience.

Cliché too, are bouts of drunkenness, speeding on the roads, rowdy behavior and public fighting.

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