RTSA SADDENED BY DEATH OF 32 DURING EASTER HOLIDAY…..nabs 63 motorists for drink driving


…..nabs 63 motorists for drink driving

Lusaka… Thursday April 4, 2024

The Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) says it is saddened by the death of 32 people in various road traffic crashes recorded during the Easter holiday countrywide.

The country recorded a total number of 338 road traffic crashes resulting in 32 deaths.

Lusaka Province recorded the highest number of fatalities and was followed the by Copperbelt Province.

RTSA Acting Head of Public Relations Mukela Mangolwa says the increase in deaths represents a 33.3 percent compared to the same period in 2023.

Mr Mangolwa said the Agency was concerned at the high number of crashes recorded in Lusaka Province that stood at 207 followed by Copperbelt Province and Central province.

“The country continues to record an increase in the number of crashes, especially in Lusaka and the Copperbelt mostly as a result of speed, human error and non-adherence to road rules among motorists,” he said.

Meanwhile, 63 motorists were nabbed across the country for driving under the influence of alcohol during a joint operation with the Zambia Police Service Traffic Section.

“These will be processed in the courts of law. Other notable offences recorded during the operation include expired road tax at 326, expired test certificate at 145, expired certificate of fitness at 47, plying for hire at 56 and expired identity at 70. Others include unlicenced drivers at 37, unlicenced PSV drivers at 13 and use of unregistered motor vehicles at 55,” he added.

“The RTSA would like to reiterate its call on members of the public to continue reporting all bad, careless and dangerous drivers to the RTSA National Call Centre on the Toll-Free line 983 and the WhatsApp line 0965 429499.”

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