Arron Nyamayaro, H-Metro Reporter
PARENTS along with their children were yesterday urged by police to take precautionary measures against road traffic accidents during their trips back to school.
Police officers in conjunction with Harare District Traffic Consultative Committee and Zimbabwe Union Drivers and Conductors Association visited several pick up points where buses ferried children back to school in their campaign against road traffic accidents.
Police Assistant Inspector Gain Runatsa, who was leading the team, said their thrust was to make sure school children return to their respective schools safely.
“We have teamed up to meet parents, school children, drivers and conductors at bus pick up points to teach them on how to prevent accidents and warn them over crossing flooded bridges,” said Ass Insp Runatsa.
“We are checking if the drivers are licenced to drive, road worthy and not over loading and other measures to avoid accidents,” said Ass Insp Runatsa.
One of the parents Anthana Jeremani hailed the police over the awareness campaign saying it opened their eyes on areas that affect their children.
“We have been urged to make sure the children board correct buses familiar with school authorities to avoid chancers who end up robbing them.
“We were discouraged from calling bus drivers enquiring if they have reached since the calls would disturb drivers and get involved in accidents.
“Police gave us contact numbers of ambulances, nearest police stations along the route used by buses ferrying our children to help us in case of emergencies.
“Our children have been urged to caution drivers if they increase speed and drivers were urged to take a rest when they get tired and we finds this helpful especially receiving such information before the buses took off,” said Jeremani.
Police visibility in most pick up points and on roads were also commended by parents saying it makes easier for them to report cases and as well scare criminals.