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This study sought to examine the causes and impact of road traffic accidents in the Department of Irrigation Midlands Region, Zimbabwe.
A sample of twenty five (64%) of the thirty nine civil servants from the Department of Irrigation Midlands Region Gweru and its field centres were used as the research subjects.
The methodology used was descriptive survey.
Questionnaires, documentary evidence and experiential participant observation were used as research instruments.
Of the twenty five participants twenty (80%) responded to the study.
The study (both secondary and primary findings) showed that accidents are mainly a result of human error and therefore can be prevented.
This study recommends, among other things, continuous training of drivers in the Department, top management commitment to accidents prevention, avoiding driving under the influence of alcohol and grounding all unroadworthy vehicles.
It is also recommended that further and broader studies concerning the subject be undertaken.
Tsitsi Mhike Musingafi is an Administration and Transport Officer with the Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Irrigation, Zimbabwe.
Her area of interest is transport and logistics management, gender and development, and poverty eradication.
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