The Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) wishes to thank all members of the public who visited the RTSA stand at the just ended Ndola International Trade Fair.
The agency further wishes to inform the public that Road Safety Law Enforcement as demonstrated at the show will commence from Wednesday 11th July 2018 as part of the Road Safety Management System. It entails the introduction of roadside cameras with the ability to monitor and detect traffic offences. Offending motorists can expect to be stopped and issued, on the spot, with an automated offence report, or to receive, in the following days, electronic communication notifying them of the offence. The technology inherent in the cameras and the system means that all infringements are automatically digitally recorded, both on site and at RTSA. Likewise, the iTicket system creates a permanent notice to be utilized in the prosecution of offenders.
The first deployment of cameras will be on the following locations;
- Kafue Road
- Great East Road
- Airport Road
- Mumbwa Road
While this action is one of the first tangible elements of the Road Safety Management System launched on 7th February, RTSA recognize that photo or video-based enforcement will have limited effect pending the implementation of a secure number plate vehicle identification system.
The Road Transport and Safety Agency says, “The cameras detect various road infringements including speeding. Camera technicians have been trained on the latest technology using a live camera, which also has the capability to conduct night operations.”
Speaking at the launch celebration in Lusaka earlier in the year, Transport and Communications Minister Brian Mushimba, said, “The Government is aggressively implementing interventions that will use a combination of law enforcement, road safety education and intelligent traffic solutions to raise our road safety profile.”
This will have a significant impact on improving road safety for Zambians. Since the launch of the programme, the joint team of Zambia Police, RTSA and IMS has been hard at work behind the scenes to enable the implementation of the inter-related elements which form part of the RSMS. The RSMS is generally referred to as the Saving Lives campaign.
Road-safety law enforcement has an important role to play in making roads safer through the enforcement of moving violations. It allows officials to identify and check for unregistered and un-roadworthy vehicles, unlicensed drivers, drinking-and-driving, reckless driving and driving at excessive speeds. Further, the technology to enable road-safety law enforcement includes speed cameras in fixed positions as well mobile speed cameras using a technology-enabled Mobile Police Vehicle (MPV).
“We urge all Zambian road users to drive within the speed limit, ensure their vehicles are safe and roadworthy and follow the rules of the road. Statistics show that 85% of road crashes are caused by human error-related factors such as drunk driving, speeding and using a cell phone while driving. Likewise, we know that a large portion of injuries and deaths on the road occur among vulnerable road users like pedestrians. Let us all be vigilant and think about road safety each time we are on the road – because every single life matters,” concludes RTSA.
Fredrick Mubanga, RTSA, email@example.com