TSCZ scales up ef­forts to re­duce road ac­ci­dents

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Ne­sia Mhaka and Mazvita Chada

THE Traf­fic Safety Coun­cil of Zim­babwe (TSCZ) will be car­ry­ing out cam­paigns on the coun­try’s roads as it scales up ef­forts en­sure a re­duc­tion in road ac­ci­dents dur­ing this fes­tive sea­son.

The TSCZ’s act­ing di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions Mr Ernst Muchena said the cam­paigns will start soon.

“As an or­gan­i­sa­tion, which is man­dated to pro­mote and dis­sem­i­nate in­for­ma­tion on road safety, we have em­barked on a co­he­sive road safety aware­ness cam­paign, where we are also call­ing stake­hold­ers to play their part in ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple on is­sues of road safety as we are tar­get­ing a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in road ac­ci­dents this hol­i­day sea­son,” he said.

TSCZ has de­ployed 20 teams to ed­u­cate peo­ple on road safety mea­sures on all the ma­jor roads na­tion­wide.

“We have de­ployed 20 teams on the road and they will be sta­tioned at black spots. They will ad­dress is­sues such as drink­ing and driv­ing, seat­belts and they would also be giv­ing peo­ple a What­sApp num­ber that they can use to re­port any reck­less driv­ing,” he said.

Mr Muchena said there is also a Short Mes­sage Ser­vice (SMS) cam­paign that they are run­ning to­gether with Econet, where sub­scribers will re­ceive road safety text aware­ness mes­sages and on so­cial me­dia plat­forms such as Face­book, Twit­ter and In­sta­gram

“Some of the ap­proaches we are us­ing in­clude post­ing on so­cial me­dia plat­forms and broad­cast­ings on Amai Chisamba Show,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the TSCZ, it is im­por­tant that peo­ple are trained on mat­ters to do with road safety and they are invit­ing churches to the trainer of train­ers’ work­shop on De­cem­ber 10.

Mr Muchena said ed­u­cat­ing driv­ers dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son should be one of the key sub­jects in their train­ing.

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