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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

ZRP tightens noose on traffic offenders

By Theophilus Chuma

GOVERNMENT is set to introduce a modern traffic management system within the next four months, amid shocking revelations that traffic offences are being committed every minute in Harare.

It is D-day for traffic offenders as government plans to tighten the noose on violators of road regulations.

A pilot project based on a survey of 2 000 vehicles on Samora Machel Avenue in Harare revealed shocking figures where more than 1 000 traffic offences were recorded in just two hours, according to the Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Honourable Kazembe Kazembe.

“It’s shocking. The pilot project on Samora Machel showed that 1500 traffic offences were recorded with over 2500 vehicles surveyed in two hours. If this is happening on just one road, what more of the offences that are happening on the other roads,” he said.

Traffic management was high on the agenda during a Zimbabwe Republic Police senior officers meeting in Harare this Wednesday where law enforcement agents agreed that road traffic offences are an albatross which need urgent attention.

“Road carnage increased by 9% highlighting the need to set up robust systems to minimise the rate of accidents,” said Zimbabwe Republic Police Commissioner-General, Godwin Matanga.

The senior officers’ conference also emphasised the need for the police force to work on long-lasting solutions to curb the runaway crime statistics which increased by more than 20 000 cases this year with armed robberies being a major source of worry.

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