Govt to speedily review traffic laws

By Tamuka Charakupa

Government is spearheading the expeditious review of traffic legislation as part of efforts to reduce road carnage which has become a major source of worry during holidays.

The recent spike in roads accidents, especially in Manicaland province, has become a huge cause for concern, prompting government and stakeholders to consider more measures to reduce carnage.

In an interview this Thursday after touring Victoria Chitepo Provincial Hospital, where 22 Chipinge road accident survivors are admitted, the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Honourable Felix Mhona revealed plans to review traffic laws and upscale enforcement measures.

“Life is very important and should be treated as such. I have witnessed that a lot of families lost their beloved ones. We will further enforce the laws in response to the high cases of road accidents. The President has recommended that we re-visit our laws to ensure that cases of road accidents are reduced. The issue of speeding by buses should be regulated. We are realising that some buses are traveling at 160 kilometres per hour. We are going to look into such issues as we the review our laws,” he said.

Meanwhkle, Victoria Chitepo Provincial Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Dorcas Masanga Mutede revealed that only two of the 22 people who were injured in the Chipinge accident are in critical condition.

“We have 22 patients with 2 in the ICU. The youngest has two months and is recovering. All other patients are recovering. We are happy that government is assisting us to attend to the accident survivors by providing all what is needed to treat them.”

Hon Mhona later proceeded to the accident scene and visited survivors who are still admitted at Chipinge District Hospital.

“This now has developed into a black spot and it’s not the only one is the country. There are initiatives that we are taking as a ministry to identify these spots and work on tendering that so that we improve on the infrastructure. This particular road is now under tender through road clearing, road marking and signage.”

Government has since pledged to resurface roads around Chipinge District Hospital to improve access to health.