THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) has unveiled a robust and vigorous enforcement strategies to address the current road safety situation in the country.
RTSA chief executive officer Zindaba Soko told a media briefing in Lusaka this morning that if the current road safety situation is left unchecked, the country is posed to record an increase in the numbers of road traffic accidents.
“We have put up various interventions to curb road traffic crashes, enhance publicity and enforcement of the road traffic act. This is a matter that every road user must be involved in for us to achieve results if we are going to attain the 50 per cent reduction required by the United Nations Decades of Action on Road Safety that runs from 2011 to 2020,”he said.
Mr Soko said the agency will soon roll out a Transport Intelligence System on the road from Kafue to Ndola that will monitor traffic on the road.
He has also disclosed that the RTSA has devised a tentative country wide enforcement programme that will cover the major highways were road accidents are so prominent.
He has revealed that the Agency will scale up operations aimed at screening drivers driving under the influence of alcohol, over speeding and unlicensed drivers as these are the leading causes of accident on the Zambian Roads.
He has since assured the nation that the RTSA is working round the clock to see to it that accidents are reduced in the country.
Mr Soko said the behaviour of the drivers is unacceptable and advised members of the public to report PSV drivers who flout the RTSA rules by calling the RTSA toll free line 983 to report the drivers.
Last week, RTSA conducted an operation on a selected route arising from concerns by members of the public. The operation within an hour resulted in 46 Public Service Vehicles being impounded while 33 drivers were found to be unlicensed.
Meanwhile, Mr Soko has disclosed that between January and June 2015, the country recorded over 16, 000 road traffic crashes that resulted in 1, 028 deaths.
The first quarter saw 465 people die while the second quarter saw 563 people die from road crashes.
The same period in 2014 saw 865 fatalities by end of June revealing an upward increase of 19 per cent this year.
The RTSA boss attributed the causes of the crashes as follows; continued unacceptable road user behaviour, un-roadworthy motor vehicles; road engineering deficiencies; unlicensed drivers and drunk drivers among others.
He has noted that the increase in number of deaths is worrisome not only to the nation but to all stake holders as RTSA projects an upward trend.