Declare road traffic accidents a crisis – Chisanga

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Pamela Chisanga

Pamela Chisanga

Civic Leader Pamela Chisanga says the Zambian government must declare road traffic accidents as a crisis.

Many people have died in Road accidents and there seem not to be no measure being put in place. Last year Home Affairs Deputy Minister, Panji Kaunda, directed law enforcement agencies in the country to arrest and prosecute drivers found ferrying people in trucks and open vans to prevent road accidents. This directive ended in as a mere statement.

IMG-20160618-WA0000Following an accident which claimed five pupils Friday night involving a Rosa bus carrying pupils from Hilcrest School and Truck, Ms Chisanga says it cannot be business as usual.

She says the road carnage in this country is unbelievable! Why is no one treating this as a crisis?she asks.

Ms Chisanga says:

Just in case people need help in thinking, here are a few suggestions – speed limiters on all vehicles (and I suggest 80km), close highways at night (until we learn how to drive properly) leave only trucks and emergency vehicles, no passenger vehicles.

Withdraw all driving licenses ad seriously retest. Abolish RTSA, outsource service to private entity, our police officers at road blocks harass people for flimsy offences but let defective vehicles and unlicensed PSV drivers through!

I was at some traffic lights recently when a young lady packed next to me opened her window and asked which lane she should be in to go in a particular direction, she was in wrong lane, had to give way for her to go ahead of me and in the meantime people behind her were impatient and angry as they couldn’t proceed when lights went green because she was in front and blocking the road. These young people are the crème de la crème of our nation and we lose them just like this. It is so painful. Very painful.

This can’t continue to happen and our leaders in the country just stand and watch……

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6 Responses to Declare road traffic accidents a crisis – Chisanga

  1. Speed limiters not the answer. Investigate RTSA corruption first.

    ExPF
    June 19, 2016 at 3:30 am
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  2. Iwe ExPF, speed limiters are an answer. Think my friend. Chisanga is saying what we have been saying for ages. To have such an accident, one had to be speeding when and trying to overtake. Yes, most drivers in Zambia need to be retrained especially those driving buses and commercial venchiles. Lungu is able to higher 10 helicopiters and waste a lot of money on chitenges without spending that money to safeguard our roads

    Kabusha Mwale
    June 19, 2016 at 5:06 am
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  3. I agree with Ms Chisanga’s statement. However, we should also seriously tackle drinking of alcohol as a social problem in Zambia. Most drivers after hours are drunk and disorderly. There’s need to conduct regular spot checks so that we reduce on this driver drunkeness. I have also observed that most drivers don’t know how to use their beams (car lights ). Let RTSA Start educating the public about the correct way of driving at night.

    Amano
    June 19, 2016 at 6:08 am
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  4. I keep saying we are always looking to the wrong solutions to our problem. See when all you want to check for is stickers on cars from AutoWorld while neglecting driver literacy and road design and structure you are missing the whole point. Zambia has continued calling resurfacing of roads ‘development’ when in fact we could have, with the bitumen we have wasted over the decades, widened our roads, split them into carriageways and improved on banking of some spots instead of putting up little signs with black dots aka black spots.

    Kalok
    June 19, 2016 at 7:01 am
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  5. with a lot of road accidents happening in Zambia , it is important that motorists themselves must realize that with their careless driving they are depriving our economy and I would suggest that RTSA must introduce a law whereby those caught over speeding must be prosecuted and sentencing them. Drivers have no patience on the road . Now look at this idiot because of his careless driving, young lives have been lost you know. We can talk but it seems RTSA are not doing enough. Again it is wrong for the police to mount road blocks because the Police themselves are definitions of corruption. We have witnessed where by the driver is caught over speeding and the police will just negotiate for a token from the driver and let go. The police are a let a down when it comes to road sanity .

    Milimo
    June 19, 2016 at 7:19 am
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  6. LET GOVERNMENT (RATSA) AND THE POLICE MAKE A LAW THAT PARKING A MOTOR VEHICLE 2 METERS FROM THE ROAD IS AN OFFENCE. THIS MEANS ANYONE WHO PUTS STONES, SAND A SHOP OR ANYTHING WHICH IS AN OBSTACLE SHOULD BE EQUALLY CHARGED UNDER THE NEW LAW.

    WHAT IS ANNOYING IS THAT WE KNOW THE CAUSE OF ACCIDENTS BUT WE ALL PRETEND INCLUDING THE POLICE. MINI BUS AND TRUCK DRIVERS PARK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADS AND THEY GET AWAY WITH IT EACH TIMHERE IS AN ACCIDENT!

    MWEBANTU WHEN IS CHANGE COMING? IN LUSAKA THERE ARE NO PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS. DO WE REALLY CARE FOR THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC AND OUR VULNERABLE SCHOOL GOING CHILDREN? ZAMBIA WHAT A COUNTRY!

    amalango
    June 20, 2016 at 7:04 am
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