———- The Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) has been applauded for its continued sensitization programmes on road safety issues.
Chipata District Commissioner Kalunga Zulu named the Road Safety Literature programme that has been designed and published to teach school-going children on the importance of road safety as one such good sensitisation programme.
In a speech read for him by Acting District Agriculture Coordinator (DACO) Alfonso Kahalawe, at the launch of the Road Safety Week which falls on December 15, Mr Zulu said road safety is everyone’s responsibility.
Mr. Zulu however, said despite all these visible efforts, RTSA still has a lot to achieve in view of the immense number of children that need to be incorporate in its education and community programmes.
He said statistics show that children constitute a larger percentage of pedestrians that die on the roads world over saying nearly one in four traffic deaths are children aged between 14 and below.
He said this is because of their inability to judge distance and speed, coupled with lack of experience with traffic rules.
“RTSA’s effort to not only translate the Highway Code and make it available for free in communities is highly commendable,” he added.
And speaking at the same function, RTSA Chief Executive Officer Zindaba Soko said his institution is working tirelessly to ensure that Road carnage involving pedestrians is brought to zero through increased sensitization on pedestrian visibility.
In a speech read for him by Senior Road Traffic Inspector, Ignatius Mioko, Mr. Soko noted that the promotion of pedestrian safety is not targeted at pedestrian alone but all road users including those that have vehicles.
“As we engage road users to be safer on the road by changing their behaviour, it is our expectation that local communities and other stakeholders need to join hands with RTSA to help promote safer road user behaviour,” Mr Soko said.
This year’s theme for the road safety week is “Everyone is a pedestrian be safe, be smart, be seen, make sure drivers can see you”.