Pedestrians to be jailed | The Herald

Pedestrians to be jailed | The Herald December 28, 2013 by Peter Matambanadzo Senior Reporter

Pedestrians who do not use designated crossing points or pass through red traffic lights will be jailed for up to six months or made to pay a US$20 fine starting next year as part of the provisions of a new Highway Code. Pedestrians should not cross the road whenever they are facing red traffic lights.
Crossing at undesignated points, also know as jaywalking, is prohibited in most parts of the world.

The new code, to be launched by the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe under the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development, would deal with all road users, unlike in the past when it emphasised on rules for motorists and cyclists.

TSCZ managing director Mr Obio Chinyere said they were finalising consultations on the new book which would be in line with Southern African Development Community road regulations.

He said they would work with the police and local authorities to enforce the new rules.
“The highway code will cover new areas that were not in the old one such as the road traffic system, which has provisions to fine and prosecute road users, including drivers and non-motorised vehicle users as well as cyclists and pedestrians,” Mr Chinyere said.

He said the new book sought to promote safety on roads and factor in all aspects that were lacking in the current book which was formulated in 1972.

“The new Highway Code will introduce new sections such as the road traffic system, which will require all road users to pay closer attention to the road and the information given by markings, signs and the signals on and along the road,” said Mr Chinyere.
He said those who use the roads would be required to observe and take into consideration the behaviour of other road users.

“There will be rules for pedestrians that were not in the old Highway Code such as making jaywalking an offence,” said Mr Chinyere.
Other rules, he said, were the requirements for pedestrians to walk on pavements or suitable verge and if there was no pavement or suitable verge, pedestrians should walk on the right side of the road facing oncoming traffic.

Mr Chinyere said those who allowed their young children onto the road on their own, would also be prosecuted.
“Children should always be accompanied and have their hands held firmly and ensure that you keep a distance between them and traffic,” he said.

The new code also emphasises on pedestrians avoiding unnecessary distraction, including use of mobile phones whenever crossing or walking along the road.

Mr Chinyere said the Highway Code factored in road regulations from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Britain in its efforts to be proactive in educating the public and motorists about road safety and to curb traffic accidents.

The Highway Code will also cover rules on stray animals, whose owners will face prosecution.
It also makes it mandatory for both pedal and motorcyclists to wear a crash helmet and appropriate reflective clothing.
Under the provisions, it would be an offence for cyclists to carry a load of more than 40kgs and loads projecting more than 60 centimetres in front and more than 90 centimetres at the rear of the wheel.

Those who hang onto moving vehicles will also face the heavy fines or be jailed.
The new Highway Code says passengers should not throw litter through the window, but instead wait until disembarkation to dispose it appropriately.

Pedestrian and cycle accidents have been increasing of late and at least 58 pedestrians and cyclists were hit and killed by vehicles in separate incidents countrywide between January and February this year.
Of the 58, 37 were pedestrians, while 21 were cyclists.

In the Sadc region, at least one-third of road accident victims are pedestrians.
In November last year, United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said roads claim 1,2 million lives and injure more than 50 million people every year.

He said around 90 percent of road traffic deaths and injuries occurred in low and middle income countries and most of the victims were pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

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11 comments on “Pedestrians to be jailed | The Herald
  1. Zimguard80 says:

    “Pedestrians who do not use designated crossing points or pass through red traffic lights will be jailed for up to six months or made to pay a US$20 fine starting next year as part of the provisions of a new Highway Code. Pedestrians should not cross the road whenever they are facing red traffic lights.
    Crossing at undesignated points, also know as jaywalking, is prohibited in most parts of the world.”

    Why is it fashionable for idiots to call for poor peoples incarceration, this is bullsh*t from blood suckers. The povo has no rest in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe. You struggling to feed prisoners, and here you’re advocating for more people to die. Zimbabwe is a cursed country.

  2. zim4u says:

    To be honest zim drivers don’t respect pedestraints @ all cherity begins at home drivers should stop @ a pedestrain crossing for people to cross the roads freely and at the robots they must also obey the law if the robots give green light for pedestrains the drivers must respect that . I have witnesed happening seeing pedestrains giving way for cars but they had the right to cross road but because of fear of their lifes please start enforcing these laws than creating new laws yet the bigs ones are being ignored wake up zimbabwe

  3. tsaona says:

    ko Britain yakwana papi isu tiri kuAfrica, southern africa for that matter. Hee Britain inyama Zimbabwe ishumba????? …….and the reverse is true. Igaroziva kuti mai mukadzi wababa.

  4. dayford says:

    This is silly…looks like just another way of getting whatever they can get from the people’s pockets.

  5. Sekuru Mapenga says:

    Six months in jail for crossing the road at the “wrong” place ??? !!! really? are you mad?

  6. Mboko says:

    What will happen in the rural areas where there are no pedestrian crossings

  7. goodlife says:

    Varume law is law this is commendable indeed lets have laws that reduces accidents and loss of life in our roads rather than having police miling and doing nothing instead fleecing motorists. The ZRP P.Ralations should go a step further by first educating the public about these new laws before effectiving those fines so that the public is not robbed of its hard earned cash.

  8. Mr Mixed Race says:

    Sometimes I wonder how some people come out with so many useless ideas unless they have not walked through our streets for many years.Image in Byo you shop at Bulawayo Centre and your car is parked on the centre parking zone along J Nkomo Str,with the new crossing regulations I have to walk at least 100-300 metres to the nearest crossing place and then squeeze myself among the centre parked cars to get to my car with heavy packages.This is not practical in a city like Byo with many centre parkings.Think again Hon. Minister before starting something which will cause more problems than intended solutions.The expensive alternative solution is for Byo to do away with centre parkings which will lead to parking area shortage.What happens to the pedestrians when the lights do not work?Which rule will they implement to cross the street?The motorists use the Right Hand Rule when the traffic lights are not working.

  9. Mr Mixed Race says:

    ps-Imagine not image

  10. Patriotic says:

    Why dont they just kill us and live alone in their zimbabwe that they fought for

  11. Cde Hondo says:

    A noble and commendable method of managing traffic flow and movement of pedestrian unusually crowded cities, but oops in Zim the challenge is with the law enforcement agents. This will just create another opportunity for our corrupt officers to enrich themselves by fleecing and extorting from those poor pedestrians who will be caught on the wrong side of this law. Remember our nation has become a nation of daring and blatant thieves. I feel for the poor pedestrians who will be caught on the wrong side of this law because they would have to part with their hard earned $10.00 which will go into the police officers pocket instead of the $20.00 which the government will be expecting.

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