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Spot fines should go up, police need to be protected from criminals: Chihuri

Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri told the parliamentary portfolio committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development that they should increase the amounts being charged for spot fines. Chihuri said this measure would introduce discipline among drivers. Chihuri also argued that spot fines were legal despite court rulings to the contrary.  The commissioner general also added that his officers needed to be protected and the stiffer penalties would help that, citing that last year alone 36 police officers were injured with 4 of them dying after being struck by fleeing motorists.

Chihuri said:

The fines are such that once you pay, you forget it. Take for example in Germany, if you commit an offence, they take all your number plates and for you to get one plate, you need to fork out $10 000, which is $20 000 for the two

I think for us, the number of people who commit road offences will continue to increase because of small fines. But with the new system, all this will be a thing of the past.

Yes spikes are legal.…spot fines are also legal. People forget that as police, we need to be protected from criminals. Everyone sees our mistakes because we work with people all the time

More: Daily News

 

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