THE Road Transport and Safety Agency says it has in recent days taken interest in offenders contravening regulations relating to use of seatbelts and failure to secure minors by prosecuting them as opposed to just fining in an effort to enhance compliance. RTSA public relations manager Mukela Mangolwa reminded the public to adhere to traffic rules and regulations as the agency was committed to sustaining its traffic law enforcement programmes, which are being complemented with road safety education countrywide.
Mangolwa said this was in an effort to ensure total compliance among motorist and provide safety to all road users. He said the agency last month secured 609 convictions in the Lusaka Fast Track Court on Traffic offences. Mangolwa said the highest convictions were for Expired Test Certificate with 84 convictions, expired road tax with 82 convictions, use of hand held phone with 69 convictions, obstruction of roadway by motor vehicle with 63 convictions, Dangerous driving with 61 convictions, uninsured motor vehicles with 51 convictions and unlicensed drivers with 47 convictions.
He said other offences that resulted in convictions were unsecured load, failure to obey lawful instructions, failure to obey traffic signs, failure to secure a minor and failure to wear seatbelt. Mangolwa said this was from a total of 704 cases taken to the Fast Track Court for the month of May with some individuals having multiple counts (offences) resulting in a total of 988 offences.
“Members of the public are also implored to be proactive and make use of the RTSA Call Centre by reporting bad, careless and dangerous drivers on the Toll Free Line – 983 and the WhatsApp line 0965 429499,” said Mangolwa.