Police spokesperson Charity Charamba said some 136 people died in nearly 1,400 road accidents recorded countrywide between December 15 and January 1.
This was about 53 percent higher than the number of fatalities in the corresponding period in 2016 when 89 lives were lost due to traffic accidents.
The fatality rate was higher during the just-ended festive season, especially considering that the total number of accidents was almost the same as in 2016. A total of 1,398 accidents were recorded this year compared to 1,396 in the 2016 festive season.
She said at least 755 people were injured in the road accidents compared to 565 last year.
The police spokesperson blamed the high number of accidents to over-speeding, poor road conditions and use of unroadworthy vehicles.
Police and TSCZ officers mounted roadblocks along the country’s major highways during the Christmas holiday in a campaign to curb the high carnage on the roads.
They have impounded defective vehicles and encouraged drivers to be safety conscious.