The Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) is targeting to reach out to five million road users as it intensifies educational awareness programmes that seek to minimise road traffic accidents countrywide this year.

The target of five million road users will be divided proportionally within the six administrative regions of the TSCZ.

According to the council, road users refer to everyone who uses a road by walking, driving or being a passenger since they all get affected in the event of a road traffic accident.

The council is also targeting to train 22 000 drivers in defensive driving against 18 643 who received training in 2017.

TSCZ regional manager responsible for the western region Ms Barbara Mpofu said the council will also be revamping the traffic safety training centres across the country where children will learn about using the road in a manner that minimises road traffic accidents.

“Children are on the road in three different ways. Either they are walking or they are riding bicycles or thy are in cars, so in the traffic training centres this is what they are going to learn. If they learn they are going to grow up being conscious road users and then the other target that we have is to fence selected areas of our highways to reduce accidents involving cattle,” she explained.

The campaigns are set to be done in public areas which include highways, minor roads, schools and bus termini.

Meanwhile, the fencing project currently underway is along the Bulawayo-Plumtree highway and is incorporated in targets for 100 days, while the Bulawayo-Gweru highway has been completed and handed over to the parent ministry.