Cameras for traffic offences
30 Nov 2019 at 14:50hrs | Views
MOTORISTS engaging in reckless driving will now be captured by cameras and follow ups with the owners will be carried for prosecution, Harare police spokesperson has said.
Acting provincial police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Webster Dzvova said police had embraced technology through partnering with other stakeholders to fight crime.
Ass Insp Dzvova warned motorists that police will capture reckless drivers and urged transport operators to caution their drivers.
He said police are undertaking what they call ‘Smart Policing' that will see robberies involving mushikashika vehicles being recorded by installed cameras.
"The Zimbabwe Republic Police Harare Province has embraced technology like any other contemporary organisation and we are moving with the times especially technologically," said Ass Insp Dzvova.
"We are partnering with our stakeholders in an endeavour to fight crime and our Avondale police station partnered with their Crime Consultative Committee in installing CCTV at corner Sam Nujoma and Churchill Avenue.
"The officer in charge ZRP Avondale can watch what is happening at the intersection whilst in his office.
"In Harare CBD, we have started taking videos and photographs of mushika–shika kombis and riders on wheels (KUREMBERA PAKOMBI).
"As police, we then make some follow ups with the owners through some of our stakeholders like CVR," he said.
Ass Insp Dzvova said the ZRP Harare Province has also started awareness campaigns aimed at decongesting Harare Central Business District in line with President Mnangagwa's vision of being Open for Business and upholding of the rule of law by all citizens.
"Delivery trucks should enter the CBD between 1800hrs to 0600hrs and heavy vehicles should use roads on the periphery of Harare Central Business District to avoid congestion in the CBD.
"Passengers are also urged to use designated pick up points and in the same vein, Commuter Omnibus drivers should use designated pick and drop off points, not to stop at the centre of the road, not to go through red traffic lights and not to drive against one way or on pavements.
"Most mushika-shika kombis and pirate taxis involved in road accidents and they do not have passenger insurance and the required permits to ferry passengers will face the wrath of the law.
"All those who operate at mushika-shika are warned that ZRP Harare Province and other stakeholders will carry joint operations in the CBD.
"ZRP Harare Province want to ensure that there is smooth free flow of traffic and people in the CBD and for residents to fully co-operate with law enforcement agencies," said Ass Insp Dzvova.
He said today police will be carrying awareness campaigns in the CBD against drug abuse and gender based violence as well as campaign for decongesting the city.