THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) has warned against lawlessness on the road during the Farmer’s Day holiday in Lusaka which is hosting the Zambia Agricultural and Commercial Show which ends next week.
Public relations manager Frederick Mubanga said research on the cause of accidents conducted by the RTSA has revealed that road crashes were caused by human error such as over-speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and non-compliance to road traffic rules and regulations.
Mr Mubanga said the statistics also revealed that road crashes prominent during weekends and holidays.
‘’Therefore, the RTSA has put in place specific interventions to see to it that motorists observe road traffic regulations to avoid preventable road crashes.
‘‘The agency has since scaled up high way traffic enforcement patrols before, during and after the Farmers Day holiday in a bid to increase visibility and traffic law enforcement on the highways on a 24-hour basis,”” he said.
Mr Mubanga said the agency has drawn up a proactive and tentative enforcement programme that will go beyond the holiday.
He added that the agency will set up strategic spot checks for speed management and screening of drivers for drinking and driving.
“We therefore demand total compliance to road traffic regulations by all motorists and pedestrians.
‘‘The agency has since called on all motorists to observe lower speeds and not to drink and drive, as there will be zero tolerance to drinking and driving,” he said.
Mr Mubanga implored all members of the public to report motorists flouting road traffic regulation by calling the RTSA toll free line 983 or 4141 or call the Call Centre direct line 0211228798 or SMS or Whatsap to 0965429499 with full details of the offence and the vehicle registration mark.