Youth counseled for drunken driving

A juvenile has been committed to the Social Welfare Department for two months counseling after he was caught driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) public relations senior manager Mercy Mwila said the boy was one of seven motorists arrested for drunken driving.

She said more than 400 drivers were convicted for various road traffic offences last month with one, William Lukozu, sentenced to six months simple imprisonment.

The manager said there was an upsurge of road traffic offences since the 344 recorded in October to 441 in November with expired road tax and dangerous driving as the offences topping the list.

Ms Mwila also said with the festive season around the corner the agency was concerned over the rising numbers of road traffic offences.

She said this showed that there was still a lot more that needed to be done to help motorists change their behaviour on the road.

‘’Bearing in mind that  the road behaviour requires attitude change, RTSA through its legal officer…. has revised the Road Traffic Act no. 11 of 2002 and submitted proposed revisions to the Ministry of Transport and Communications,’’Ms Mwila said.

She warned motorists to exercise restraint in order to avoid inconvenience during the festive season.