Letter to the Editor

Road safety or revenue collection?

Dear editor
AS ANTICIPATED, the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) appears to be placing the new static speed cameras at locations which are designed to maximise revenue collection rather than enhance road safety.In other words, where the current speed limit could safely be exceeded, rather than locations where speeding is genuinely dangerous. Rumour has it that some motorists are taking the law into their own hands and removing some of these cameras at night.
Whilst I don’t condone such action, I think they are an understandable reaction to authorities more concerned about maximising revenue rather than genuinely trying to reduce accidents.
I suggest RTSA should first undertake a through audit of the current speed limits and supporting signage, then rationalise and clarify them before introducing these cameras, which should then only have been placed in potentially dangerous locations for over speeding.
But based on past experience, I guess this is just wishful thinking.
CONCERNED MOTORIST
Lusaka

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