Arron Nyamayaro, H-Metro Reporter
MOTORISTS have been urged to plan their journeys and avoid travelling during the night so as to reduce accidents.
The call was made by the national police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi ahead of the festive season.
“The festive is now upon us, the Zimbabwe Republic Police makes a passionate appeal to members of the public to observe the country’s laws as they conduct various activities during the period,” said Ass Comm Nyathi.
“Firstly, we implore motorists to observe all traffic laws and regulations as they travel to different destinations.
“We also entreat public service operators to avoid over-burdening drivers by carrying out extra trips as fatigue will catch up with them leading to accidents.
“Overloading and speeding are serious offences in terms of the law hence we implore drivers and operators to be exemplary by being responsible on the roads.
“We discourage drivers from attempting to cross flooded rivers as they risk being swept away by heavy water tides.
“Cases of drowning normally characterise this period hence parents and guardians should also monitor their children whenever they play near water bodies to avoid the imminent danger of drowning.
“Drivers should avoid driving whilst drunk or driving under the influence of alcohol as this often leads to accidents,” said Ass Comm Nyathi.
He said drivers should check the road-worthiness of their vehicles before embarking on journeys saying police will not hesitate to impound all defective and unroad-worthy vehicles besides arresting all those who float the rules of the road.
Ass Comm Nyathi urged members of the public to put in place measures to ensure that their homes and property are secured saying cases of unlawful entry and theft are likely to be on the increase during the holiday.
“If travelling, at least a trusted person should be left at home and the police can be advised to put the house under supervision where possible.
“Keeping of large sums of cash and other attractive items at home is discouraged as robbers may pounce on unsuspecting individuals,” he said.
He said police will deploy officers to enable a conducive environment before, during and after this period hence any suspicious activities should be reported promptly to the nearest police station or police officer on sight.