Police resort to using fire arms against traffic offenders

A MOTORIST was shot and injured after he failed to observe a police signal at a mounted police road block, police said on Monday.

“A speeding motorist was shot and injured after he ignored police signals to stop his vehicle at a business centre in Chakari on December 25. Investigations later revealed that he was fleeing from a hit-run incident,” police said in statement.

This comes after a police officer in late December shot three civilians during a high-speed chase with an alleged errant commuter operator in Harare which left three passengers hospitalised with gunshot wounds.

“The police officer fired shots at the kombi in an attempt to deflate the vehicle tyres. The kombi stopped at Minerals Marketing after three people had been injured. As police, we want to apologise for this unfortunate incident which could have been avoided if the driver had taken heed of police instructions,” Nyathi said after the incident.

Police say they are high alert against traffic offenders.

In a statement issued recently police said 2 157 touts were arrested, with 2 516 vehicles impounded for various defects and 11 257 motorists arrested for traffic offences across the country.

The ZRP urged motorists to comply with police signals at all times, adding they will not hesitate to shoot any traffic offenders in order to reduce road accidents.