The Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) has recorded a total number of 325 cases of drink driving during the festive season countrywide.
RTSA Public Relations Manager, Mukela Mangolwa said Copperbelt Province recorded the highest number of drink driving with one hundred and one (101) cases, followed by Southern Province with 69 cases, sixty (60) cases in Central Province, fifty-nine (59) in Lusaka Province, , Sixteen (16) Western Province, fourteen (14) Eastern Province and 6 cases in Muchinga Province.
Mr. Mangolwa said out of the 69 cases reported in Southern Province, the Livingstone Subordinate Court has since charged and fined 10 motorists K2000 each for the offence of drink driving and the other 18 motorists will appear in court on Monday, 4th January 2016. The rest (41) were charged on the spot at check-points.
Meanwhile the Lusaka Fast Track court has also this festive season fined and convicted 14 motorists for drink driving who were found above the legal limit which is 0.38mg/l and 13 will appear in court on Monday.
Section 156 of the Road Traffic Act No. 11 of 2002 of the Laws of Zambia states that any person who, when in charge of a motor vehicle is on a road, but not driving the vehicle, is under the influence of intoxicating liquor or narcotic drugs to such an extent as to be incapable of having proper control of such vehicle, commits an offence and is liable, upon conviction, to a fine not exceeding one thousand five hundred penalty units, and in the case of a second or subsequent conviction, to fine not exceeding not ten thousand penalty units or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years.
In view of this, the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) is appealing to members of the public to refrain from drink driving as anyone who will be found wanting will be charged according to the Law.