Police get roadblock equipment

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Harare (New Ziana)-The Insurance Council of Zimbabwe (ICZ) on Thursday donated breathalysers and other road block equipment worth US$82 000 to the police to boost the force’s traffic law enforcement activities.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, ICZ chairperson of the Public Relations Committee, Wilberforce Machimbidzofa said the equipment should assist the police to enforce statutory insurance requirements, in particular the Third Party Motor insurance and the Public Passenger Liability cover.

“Our motor insurance business relies heavily on law enforcement services to ensure compliance as well as curtail risks that result from immoral behaviour, which has proven to be the main cause of road traffic accidents in our country. Increased compliance with insurance requirements will work in the favour of motorists, victims and the government,” he said.

“Hence, for the nation to reap full benefits of insurance, enforcement of compliance with insurance requirement is a necessity,” he added.

Machimbidzofa said most of the claims being paid for by the insurance industry were attributed to substance abuse.

“Lives have been wasted and, in some cases, lost to substance abuse. Some of the claims that the insurance industry pays for, particularly motor insurance claims, are a result of drug or alcohol abuse,” he said.

“As part of its social corporate responsibility programme, the Insurance Council Zimbabwe is today donating breathalysers to Police which will be used for the screening of the public for substance abuse in areas where such practices are prevalent which include public transport ranks and at roadblocks.

“It is our belief that these gadgets will help the Police in being definitive on the status of the people they would have apprehended on suspicion of substance abuse”.

“This will also be the foundation of various other follow-up processes in prosecuting people who commit crimes while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In order to effectively utilise breathalysers, the Insurance Council Zimbabwe will avail the necessary practical training to appointed officers,” he added.

He said part of the donation of drums and cones will also help with the visibility of roadblock set- ups.

“The Police are active on our road rules and ensure maintenance of maximum safety. We have heard of police officers being injured or killed by unruly motorists while manning roadblocks. We hope the visibility that the equipment brings will also keep officers from such harm,” Machimbidzofa said.

The Insurance Council Zimbabwe also noted with concern the chaos and rising number of accidents due to non-functional robots at intersections.

“People are being injured and property damaged on a daily basis. Insurance claims from such areas are also on the increase. We do appreciate that there are various stakeholders’ involved maintaining infrastructure and order around usage of facilities. ICZ is requesting to be included in activities aimed at resolving the challenge. If there are such activities, request is that consideration be given to engage possible solutions to the issue,” he said.

Commissioner General of Police Godwin Matanga said the donation of 28 breathalyser machines, drums and cones would go a long way in enhancing operational efficiency of the force.

“Many organisations, individuals and corporates are grappling with various challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the Insurance Council of Zimbabwe notwithstanding the challenging environment saw it befitting to extend a hand to the ZRP. Let me also call upon other members of the corporate community to emulate this gesture by the Insurance Council of Zimbabwe,” he said.

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