Govt urged to crack down on drunken drivers

GOVERNMENT should come up with stringent measures to curb drunken driving and ban passenger transporters from travelling at night in order to reduce traffic accidents, People’s Alliance for Change (PAC) president Andyford Banda has advised.

In an interview with the Daily Nation, Mr Banda noted that most traffic accidents across the country were as a result of over-speeding by mostly drunken drivers and that they occurred during the night.

He advised Government to ban public service vehicles to travel during the night and that they should come up with stringent measures to curb drunken driving.

Mr Banda said that the current laws were not stiff enough to deter motorists from drinking while driving because the number of accidents involving drunken drivers was still high.

He emphasised that people were not afraid of the fast track courts which were recently introduced to adjudicate over traffic offences in the country.

Mr Banda warned that the country would continue losing its much needed human capital if it did not come up with stringent measures that would deter motorists from intentionally committing traffic offences.

“Government should come up with stringent measures to curb drunken driving and ban public transporters from travelling at night in order to reduce traffic accidents. Most traffic accidents across the country are as a result of over-speeding by mostly drunken drivers and they occur during the night.

‘‘Government will continue losing its much needed human capital if it does not come up with stringent measures that will stop motorists from committing traffic offences deliberately,” he said. Mr Banda explained that most accidents occurred during the night because drivers had limited sight of what might lie ahead. He said most drivers were prone to over-speeding during the night and that some had bad sight during the night.

Mr Banda sent his condolences to the families of the passengers and officers who died in a traffic accident when a Kitwe-bound Marcopolo bus belonging to Power Tools coming from Nakonde veered of the road and overturned near Serenje over a week ago.

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