Drive cautiously over Christmas – Police
Harare, (New Ziana)-The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) on Friday implored motorists to adhere to traffic rules and regulations during the festive season to reduce carnage usually associated with the Christmas and New Year holidays.
In a statement, police also urged motorists to avoid drunken driving, traveling at night and attempting to cross flooded rivers.
“The festive season is upon us, the ZRP makes a passionate plea to the public to observe the country’s laws as they conduct various activities during the period.
“We also entreat public service (transport) 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,” police said.
“We discourage drivers from crossing 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.”
The ZRP assured the public that police officers would be deployed to provide security at all times.
“The ZRP 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 officers on sight.
“Anti-corruption teams will also be checking on illicit activities, hence the public and the police officers are warned to desist from corrupt activities,” said police.
Cases of theft and unlawful entry are usually high during the festive period.
“We urge the public to put in place measures to ensure that their homes and property are secured.”