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RTSA, 2 others, partner to stop road accidents

SOKO

NKOMBO KACHEMBA, Kitwe
THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) has partnered with the Zambia Police Service and Zambia Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR) to conduct a baseline survey on causes of road carnage in a bid to find a lasting solution to the problem.
RTSA director Zindaba Soko said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that the K1.3 million survey has already started and it will soon be spread to the rest of the country.
“We know that one of the major causes of road traffic accidents in Zambia is drink-driving but we have to determine the extent of this problem. We want to know the age groups of people who drink while driving including their gender,” Mr Soko said.
He said a team of surveyors has already been to Central Province and have moved to the Copperbelt to conduct similar studies.
Mr Soko said once the data is collected, it will be easy for RTSA to determine the impact of its programmes on reducing road carnage.
And ZIPAR research fellow for transport and infrastructure development Zali Chikuba said the survey will also help capture more details about the drivers who flout road traffic rules.
“We will also be analysing the behaviour of these drivers that are involved in some of these road misdemeanors.” Mr Chikuba said.

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