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Exercise caution this Christmas

The festive season is upon us, and it is this time of the year when those fortunate enough to have extra dollars to spend will indulge in festivities.

The Standard Editorial

Even though there is a liquidity crunch that has dampened the festive spirit, Zimbabweans are enterprising people and many will hold parties in the cities and towns across the country.

Some families will travel to the rural areas to see their relatives and friends while the well-to-do may go to resorts of their choice. All this is to be expected at this time of the year, but we urge people to exercise caution in whatever they do.

The past Christmas and New Year holidays have been associated with road accidents that have claimed the lives of hundreds of innocent people.

Some of these fatal accidents have been blamed on speeding, defective vehicles as well as drinking and driving, things that could have been avoided.

Others have been attributed to fatigue as overworked bus drivers are forced to make multiple trips in order to take advantage of the demand for transport.

Exhausted drivers tend to sleep at the wheel, resulting in road accidents.

Life is precious and it is imperative that traffic police watch out for these drivers and also clampdown on defective vehicles plying the highways. Safe driving should be the motto for all drivers.

In line with the festive season, we also encourage the spirit of sharing in the communities where people live. There are homeless children who have no parents to look up to, the crippled, the visually handicapped or the deaf and dumb who may need assistance.
The rainy season has arrived and many of these people stay in the open where they are exposed to the vagaries of the weather.

It is important that those who have food or clothing to spare consider sharing with these less fortunate members of the society who are increasing by the day.

The down-turn in the economy characterised by company closures, retrenchments and staggered salaries have consigned many others as well to poverty. These, too, need a helping hand.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year.

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