Drunken mini bus drivers raise concern

DRUNK driving by Lusaka mini bus drivers has raised concern among residents who have called on the relevant authorities to arrest the situation before more lives are lost.

The residents, especially those from Kanyama compound, said the vice was rife there as drivers openly took alcoholic drinks without fear or remorse that they were public transporters.

They said minibus crews that operated within townships were the worst culprits because they knew that the law would not touch them as there were no police officers around.

Mr Jack Musonda, a resident of Kanyama, said that most drivers in the area were not scared of driving under the influence of liquor because they knew there was no police presence.

“It is unfortunate that drivers are getting more recklessly drunk as they carry out their duties without thinking of the consequences of their behaviour on the people they are ferrying,” he said

He said the trend of consuming alcohol and driving at the same time by mini bus crews was dangerous as it put the lives of commuters and other road users at risk.

Mr. Musonda said there was need for traffic officers to intensify patrols in the townships.

‘’This issue of the drivers in the townships being fond of drinking alcohol when they are driving people should not be left alone because we are talking about actions that are a danger to the lives of many people.

‘‘The officers need to be on alert all the time because these drivers spend most of their time drinking beer,” he said.

Another concerned resident Ruth Zulu said that mini bus drivers did not take their work seriously by throwing the safety of passengers to the wind.

Ms. Zulu said that drivers needed training skills to understand and appreciate their job as professionals.

“Driving is a profession just like any other and drivers need to be responsible and understand that they cannot take alcohol while on duty,” she said. – Millennium Radio 90.5FM

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