The Herald (Harare)

27 January 2014

Zimbabwe: Police Acquire Traffic Cameras

POLICE have acquired state-of-the art equipment to monitor motorists who pass through red traffic lights at controlled intersections in and around Harare. Chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed on Friday. "These motorists will be tracked using the vehicle registration numbers and indeed other means at the police's disposal," she said.

She said of late, they had noted that some motorists were passing shooting red robots, failing to give way or stop at controlled intersections risking the lives of other road users.

She appealed to motorists to observe all traffic rules and regulations.

Snr Asst Comm Charamba urged motorists to cooperate with the police officers enforcing these laws.

She said the equipment would be taking pictures of any vehicle that passes through the red robot so that they would track them down.

Snr Asst Comm Charamba said they had noticed that several fatal accidents were caused by shooting through traffic lights. She said they would not hesitate to bring to book anyone found on the wrong side of the law.

Snr Asst Comm Charamba also urged pedestrians to desist from jay-walking as they risk their lives. A red light camera is a traffic enforcement camera that captures an image of a vehicle which has entered an intersection against a red traffic light.

By automatically photographing vehicles that run red lights, the camera produces evidence that assists authorities in their enforcement of traffic laws.

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