Fast track courts bring sanity on Lusaka roads

THE introduction of fast track courts by the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) to prosecute careless drivers is yielding fruit and slowly bringing sanity on the road, says Zambia Police national road safety coordinator Yotum Phiri.

Mr Phiri said police in Lusaka, being the largest city, have tried to apply the law to curb road traffic accidents which have claimed many lives.

Mr Phiri said the judiciary, through fast track courts, were also doing a commendable job by revoking and suspending licenses of erring drivers.

He said the decision to deploy more traffic police officers on roads even where there are traffic lights was aimed at controlling traffic a and avoid unnecessary road accidents.

“For those who may misbehave, fast track courts are there which is to enable traffic offenders seek judicial review. And the courts are doing  a commendable job by revoking and suspending drivers’ licenses,” he said.

Mr Phiri announced that the Zambia Police traffic section in Lusaka has received two patrol vehicles, breathalyzers and speed trap video cameras to record the number plate and the speed at which the offending vehicle was moving.

Mr Phiri also said the recent launch of the ‘‘Safer corridor’’ which is a pilot project to monitor traffic between Chilanga and Kabwe was to ensure that accidents were reduced to zero.

He said RTSA has also distributed the Zambia Highway Code to the Zambia Police traffic section so that drivers were sensitized and asked to adhered to the rules of the road.

And Mr Phiri has warned drivers who park or drive into walkways and pedestrian paths that the service will not tolerate them and will deal with the culprits.

Mr Phiri warned motorists that abrogate traffic rules that the police will not hesitate to apply the law.

He said this year’s Zambia Agriculture and Commercial Show theme “Managing the environment for growth’’ was in line with Zambia Police strategies to ensure that all road users become road smart.

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