More po­lice de­ployed for pub­lic hol­i­days

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili Chronicle Cor­re­spon­dent

PO­LICE have de­ployed more of­fi­cers on the ground to quell any dis­or­der ahead of the He­roes and De­fence Forces Hol­i­days.

On Mon­day and Tues­day the coun­try will com­mem­o­rate the an­nual hol­i­days and the po­lice have said they will be out in full force on the roads and res­i­den­tial ar­eas.

Na­tional po­lice spokesper­son Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Char­ity Charamba yes­ter­day ad­vised cit­i­zens to stay on the right side of the law.

She said the hol­i­day has co­in­cided with the school hol­i­days which will con­trib­ute to mas­sive move­ment of peo­ple and traf­fic.

“The Zimbabwe Repub­lic Po­lice will be out in full force to check var­i­ous traf­fic vi­o­la­tions, stolen ve­hi­cles and move­ment of crim­i­nals. The po­lice will be also de­ployed in res­i­den­tial and in­dus­trial ar­eas to pro­tect life and prop­erty,” said Snr Asst Comm Charamba.

She urged mo­torists to en­sure their ve­hi­cles are road­wor­thy be­fore em­bark­ing on jour­neys.

“Our sta­tis­tics have re­vealed that speed­ing, hu­man er­ror, mis­judge­ment, tyre bursts, over load­ing and de­fec­tive mo­tor ve­hi­cles are largely to blame for traf­fic ac­ci­dents. The con­di­tion of tyres should be checked be­fore em­bark­ing on any jour­neys as tyre bursts have caused a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of ac­ci­dents,” said Snr Asst Comm Charamba.

She urged drivers to re­frain from driv­ing while drunk.

Snr Asst Comm Charamba said drivers should also be mind­ful of chil­dren, the el­derly and an­i­mals on the roads.

She said pub­lic trans­port should not be driven by peo­ple un­der the age of 25 as stip­u­lated by law.

Mean­while, the Min­is­ter of Trans­port and In­fras­truc­tural De­vel­op­ment, Dr Jo­ram Gumbo, said pub­lic trans­port op­er­a­tors should not over­work em­ploy­ees.

“Op­er­a­tors are strongly urged to de­sist from the habit of over-work­ing their drivers which re­sults in fa­tigue and fail­ure to ad­here to their timeta­bles. My min­istry will deal de­ci­sively with any oper­a­tor whose drivers be­have in a man­ner that dis­re­gards the sanc­tity of hu­man life,” said Dr Gumbo.

He said those found on the wrong side of the law will risk hav­ing their li­cences can­celled for non com­pli­ance with road reg­u­la­tions.

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