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•15 pass red robot in 1 hour 

SIMBARASHE MTEMBO 

MIRROR REPORTER 

MASVINGO – Road traffic violations in Masvingo have reached endemic levels with an average of 15 motorists being ticketed for passing red robots in an hour while 2 000 are fined for various road rules violation per month.

The situation is so dire that at one time a magistrate who cannot be named ordered Police to stop giving fines to motorists passing red robots but bring them to court for deterrent punishments.

The most violated robot is at the corner of Robert Mugabe and Leopold Takawira Avenue near the High Court in Masvingo.

“In December last year a magistrate expressed shock at the rate at which motorists passed through red robots. He refused to confirm the fines and instead ordered the Police to go find the culprits and bring them to court. Police could however, not find them,” said a source.

Masvingo Police spokesperson, Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa confirmed the lawlessness that has gripped the Ancient City’s roads and said the risk to pedestrians and passengers alike is worrying.

Dhewa said there are more than 2 000 motorists who are ticketed in the CBD alone every month. He said the red spots are pirate taxis loading bays including Glow Service Station, Pick n Pay, Simrac, Zimre building, downtown area, HR supplies shop, Croco Motors, Benjamin Burombo building among others

Common violations are passing red robots, parking at undesignated areas, driving in wrong lanes, picking and dropping passengers at undesignated points and touting for passengers and the highest number of culprits are the mushika-shikas drivers.

Dhewa said Police has since permanently deployed officers at all robot controlled intersections and loading bays to curb such violations.

“Police has deployed officers to all robot controlled intersections to curb these offences. Motorists should not be tempted to enter red robots because we will arrest or fine them.

“The high figures of docketed drivers show that Police is dedicated to reducing road traffic offences. Motorists should adhere to road regulations and we appeal to members of the public to report errant drivers by capturing the vehicle’s registration details and giving them to the Police,” said Dhewa. 

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