High Road carnage worries RATSA

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Truck Drivers Cheat death in July 19th accident between Kapiri Mposhi and Copperbelt
Truck Drivers Cheat death in July 19th accident between Kapiri Mposhi and Copperbelt
Road Transport and Safety Agency (RATSA) says the high road carnage in the country is alarming for a population of Zambia’s size.

RATSA Principal Publicity officer Mercy Mwila says it is for this reason that the Road Safety Agency has introduced a fast track court in order to help reduce the high fatalities on Zambian roads which are mostly as a result of drunk driving.

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Ms Mwila has told QFM in an interview that in 2012 alone the country recorded two thousand accident related deaths, which she describes as unacceptable for a population of Zambia’s size.

Ms Mwila explains that the introduction of the fast track court for traffic offenders is in accordance with the Road Traffic Act sections 155,156, 157 and 158 which specifically talk about drunk driving.

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She says RTSA has realized that it has not been enforcing the law to the fullest which has contributed to the escalating number of road accidents.

She adds that RATSA is mandated by law to ensure there is sanity on the Roads.

Meanwhile, Ms Mwila has dismissed the argument that weekend imprisonment for traffic offenders infringes on human rights.

Ms Mwila has also allayed fears that the introduction of the weekend imprisonment will breed corruption as traffic offenders would prefer bribing traffic officers instead of spending time in prison.

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