26K Arrested As Traffic blitz intensifies
By Yvonne Mutambwa
The Zimbabwe Republic Police has reported that 26 443 arrests during the ongoing operation “Tame the Traffic Jungle”.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi yesterday said 708 arrests had been made on vehicles without route permits, while 10 204 illegal pirate taxis or mushikashika have been impounded.
Two hundred and ninety-six motorists have been arrested for reckless driving, while 1 761 people have been arrested for touting. Meanwhile, 695 vehicles have been impounded for moving on the roads with no registration plates,” he said.
The police also expressed concern over the rising number of accidents involving pedestrians.
Nyathi said police were investigating a fatal accident which occurred on Saturday along High-Glen Road near Meru Service Station in Harare where a woman (48) was killed and a male juvenile (10) was injured after being hit by a Toyota Hilux vehicle. He said the victims were hit while walking on the edge of the road.
“In another fatal road traffic accident which occurred on September 17, 2023 at around 2am along Masotsha Ndlovu Road near Valley Crest Academy in Waterfalls, Harare, a man (35) died on the spot after being hit by a Honda Fit vehicle.
Meanwhile, on September 17, 2023, a man (24) sustained multiple injuries all over the body after being hit by a Toyota Land Cruiser vehicle along ED Mnangagwa Road (formerly Enterprise Road) near Churchill roundabout, Harare,” Nyathi said.
The police spokesperson also indicated that police in Bulawayo were appealing for information which may assist in investigations into a fatal road traffic accident which occurred along Nketa Drive on Monday, whereby a cyclist died on the spot after being hit by an unidentified motorist driving a Honda Fit vehicle with registration number ADR 7124.