Passengers report speeding kombi driver
Friday, 13 July 2012 08:14
IRATE passengers who were travelling from Harare to Mutare in a speeding Mercedes Benz Sprinter commuter omnibus teamed up against the driver whom they handed over to the highway traffic police following a brawl over reckless driving.
The Manicaland police traffic co-coordinator, Superintendent Emmanuel Chazireni, confirmed the incident which happened recently.
He said the brave passengers phoned him at around 10pm complaining about the reckless driver.
After receiving the phone call, Chief Supt Chazireni, said he immediately contacted the highway patrol team in Rusape who subsequently intercepted the kombi, impounded it and arrested the driver.
"Passengers must have the guts to report these unscrupulous drivers who are endangering lives due to reckless driving.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“What these passengers did was wonderful and brave.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“They showed that they are masters of their own destiny and did not leave the driver to take them for granted," he said.
The driver was charged with several traffic offences and the kombi was taken to the Vehicle Inspection Department for check ups.
Chief Supt Chazireni said the passengers complained bitterly to the driver against speeding, but the driver who acted as if he was drunk did not heed their call.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Instead of listening to the wise counsel, he pressed down the accelerator and plugged his ears.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Some of the passengers who could not contain the speed requested to disembark, but the driver would have none of it.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Reports from the passengers indicate that the kombi was travelling at over 140km/hr and its headlights were not functioning well.
"When one of the passengers who had my mobile number contacted me, I could hear noise from the other passengers who were shouting to the driver on top of their voices.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“At that point they were approaching Headlands and I subsequently contacted the highway police in Rusape who eventually intercepted the kombi much to the relief of the passengers who were prepared to look for alternative transport to finish their journey to Mutare," he said.
Chief Supt Chazireni said most of the accidents involving public transport were being caused by speeding and the general disregard of road rules by today's youthful drivers.
He said the traffic police would maintain their presence on the highways to ensure that road users observe the law.
He said the police would not hesitate to impound vehicles and ask the courts to endorse licences of drivers that are recklessly causing carnages on the highways.