Govt to increase police highway patrols

HARARE - Government will be stepping up police highway patrols to curb road carnage, Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa has said

“Cabinet expressed grave concern over the recent road traffic accident which took place near Rusape and which claimed 46 lives,” Mutsvangwa told a news briefing after the Cabinet sitting on Tuesday.

“To minimise such painful occurrence and alleviate the plight of road traffic accident victims, Cabinet resolved to call for greater enforcement of the use of integrated traffic management systems and increased highway police patrols.”

She added: “Drivers of public passenger vehicles be required to undergo defensive driving examinations and re-testing after every two years.”

The policy U-turn is a major reversal of one of the major achievements of Operation Restore Legacy, which cost former president Robert Mugabe’s job and was marked by the reduction in police roadblocks.

Comments (3)

LOFL!!! What have the police being doing all this time. Why is it suddenly a new responsibility of theirs to undertake the policing of Zim's roadways. The problem isn't with police roadblocks per se but what these obstructions were designed for which was simply to tax anyone who appeared to be able to pay. In fact a better term to describe would be 'shakedown points' All we need is for the police to do theirs jobs.

dr dre - 15 November 2018

How does increased police highway patrols stops reckless drivers from overtaking at blind spots (which was the cause for the accident in Mutare). The minister and her government have no clue on how to curb the road carnage. Widen/dualise all major highways as a matter of yesterday.

Sinyo - 16 November 2018

The answer is not roadblocks. Its police presence. Traffic police should be given 50km stretch per team to monitor to and fro, then they can fish out the speeding, drunken drivers etc. how can an officer at a roadblock see that one has been speeding, overtaking at wrong stretches or not indicating. Vhiri ririkutambatamba rowonekwa ne arikumashure kwako. The list is endless

Max - 16 November 2018

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