270 UNRULY MOTORISTS FACE JAIL

OVER 270 motorists have been convicted for various traffic offences in Lusaka, says Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA).

RTSA acting public relations officer Frederick Mubanga said the Lusaka fast track courts for traffic offences convicted the over 270 motorists in the past one and half  months.

The officer explained that the offence of dangerous driving accounted for the highest number of traffic offences committed with over 61 motorists convicted.

“Over 270 motorists have been convicted for various traffic offences in the past one and half  months. The offence of dangerous driving accounts for the highest number of traffic offences committed with over 61 motorists convicted,’’ he said.

Mr Mubanga also revealed that there has been a decrease in statistics of motorists convicted for various traffic offences over the same period last year.

He said the statistics have shown a reduction of 42 percent compared to the statistics of last year.

Mr Mubanga explained that during the same period in 2015, over 460 motorists were convicted compared to 270 convictions this year.

He said the reduction is attributed to the fact that there is exceptional adherence to road traffic regulations among motorists in Lusaka. “During the same period in 2015, over 460 motorists were convicted compared to 270 convictions this year. The reduction is attributed to the fact that there is exceptional adherence to road traffic regulations among motorists in Lusaka,” Mr Mubanga said.

He noted that the Fast Track Court on Traffic Offences had proven to be a good avenue to change the bad driver attitude and behaviour among motorists.

Mr Mubanga also said RTSA and the Judiciary will roll out fast track courts on traffic offences to Central, Copperbelt, Eastern and Southern provinces before the end of this year.

He also explained that RTSA aspired to have a cadre of road users who understood and respected road traffic laws in their quest to reduce road traffic accidents by 50 per cent by the year 2020.

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