Police warn errant motorists

By Fungai Jachi

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has warned motorists to be cautious and courteous this Heroes and Defense Forces holiday to avoid road traffic accidents especially in the country’s highways.

With the holiday starting on a bad note after five lives were lost in a road traffic accident along the Harare-Masvingo highway on Saturday when a Nissan Note vehicle collided with a truck, the police has challenged motorists to be cautious on the roads to avoid loss of lives.

ZRP national spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said, “The police are in full force to ensure that motorists observe road regulations during the holiday as there is increased movement. The holiday started on a bad note, but we do not want to lose more lives because of reckless drivers. Transport operators should ensure that their vehicles are road worthy so that they do not put travellers at risk.”

Assistant Commissioner Nyathi challenged passengers to report errant drivers.

“Passengers should know that they have a right to report drivers who will be breaking road regulations. This is one way that accidents can be avoided. The public should work together with the police to ensure we avoid accidents and the loss of lives.”

Meanwhile, it was all smiles for travellers as transporters did not hike fares this holiday as had become the norm during public holidays.

“We are happy that the fares were not hiked at least we get to travel well to see our loved ones,” a traveller said.

Another said, “It has come as a relief that fares were not hiked because transport operators usually hike during holidays but this time it is hustle free.”

Government’s drive to improve the public transport system has come in handy with inter-city travelling being hustle free this Heroes and Zimbabwe Defence Forces holidays.