THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) says it will intensify the prosecution of road traffic offenders through the fast track court in Lusaka.
This is in an effort to ensure road users adhere to traffic regulations in an effort to curb lawlessness and road traffic accidents in the country.
RTSA public relations manager Mukela Mangolwa said a total of 87 cases were taken to the fast track court for road traffic offences with some individuals having multiple counts, resulting in a total of 187 cases in the first week of October 2016 and 71 motorists were convicted, some of them with multiple offenses, bringing the total number of offenses to 87.
“Among the convictions, expired road tax was the leading offense for motorists with a total number of 22 cases recorded to have been convicted. Twenty-one motorists were convicted for dangerous driving and nine for driving without valid driver’s licenses,” he said.
RTSA has also warned motorists in Lusaka who shop and trade at the Anglican Church’s Tuesday market on Burma Road to desist from parking their vehicles in undesignated areas as the agency has now embarked on a campaign to educate road users on the dangers of obstruction of motorways.
M Mangolwa said the agency had also noted that the campaign will be followed up with prosecution of erring motorists in order to save lives as well as avoid inconveniencing other road users.