Causes Of Road traffic Accidents;beyond RTSA's eye

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Causes Of Road traffic Accidents;beyond RTSA's eye

Postby Brian Chisenga » 28th May 2012, 06:50

Dear Zambia,
Despite having an agency whose mandate is to ensure road transport safety,Zambia continues to record high numbers of road traffic accidents.What is the role of The Road Transport and Safety Agency? What is the causal factor of most of the accidents? Which areas or regions record high levels of accidents,and how do these accidents happen? These are puzzles which should be worked out for one to understand the whole issue of the main accidents in Zambia.

RTSA officers,each time they hear of an accident or accidents,they even change their strategy of work and intensify their traffic patrols.One would find that they even concentrate on checking on driver's licence and car's road tax as well as certificate of fitness.

Why should RTSA be surprised when an unfit car which they issued with a fake* certificate of fitness causes an accident immediately after being certified fit?
Why should they be surprised when an unqualified driver who they issue with a fake licence cönstantly causes accidents?
How about there strategies of operating.It is now common to see RTSA cars chasing private cars which are perceived to have violated one or more road traffic rules.If the driver of such motokas fail to obey RTSA's demands,and decide to escape with their motoka,RTSA have now resorted to chasing.Surely,what do these people(RTSA) think? They forget that in the process of the RALLY the car being chased can cause an accident.For them(RTSA),their car(s) cannot crush because they are the OWNERS of the road.Do we agree that they own the road? I would agree because they that by being found on the road they have all the authority over what uses roads,including human life.Surely,with this increased number of motokaz on the road,can you start chasing driver's who are found wanting?
These RTSA officers,are aware that each and every car has some form of identity.I wön't dwell much about the issue of identy because they are the one's who work on car identities.Why not record and blacklist a motoka which drives away in avoidance of their work.
How about roads? How is the state of the roads.Certainly some roads are bad,full of potholes.RTSA forgets that the state of roads matters in road safety.In this way,the government should also take a blame on the increased number of accidents.It is just recently that we have seen political will in improving the state of roads.Thanks to the leadership of the Republican President,Mr Micheal Sata.
The operations of RTSA should be revisited.I would suggest restructuring the agency.Secondly,the officers there should be well trained.The legal aspect of road transport should be emphasised.I would also suggest that RTSA partners with The Chartered Institute Of Transport and Logistics(CILT)**.If they have partnerd already,let the tie be strengthened.

*SOME Cars do not undergo testing.
**CILT is a UK based chartered body specialising in the transport sector.
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Re: Causes Of Road traffic Accidents;beyond RTSA's eye

Postby Palamusi » 29th May 2012, 19:07

This name Brian Chisenga sounds familiar. hasn't he been in the news lately? Scandalous news, to be exact. The only Zambian news I read these days is on ZOL, so maybe I'm confusing the name with just another talkative DZ blogger,, like that naughty boy shalapungu and his big mouth.

by the way Koswe my friend, do what I do. When I'm bored, I go take a nap. quit yawning in public. you will swallow a housefly.
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Re: Causes Of Road traffic Accidents;beyond RTSA's eye

Postby The Thought » 29th May 2012, 21:46

I also once had the mentality "ah, I'm a good driver, I can't be in accident until some drunk teens rammed straight into the front of my cousins vehicle(imagine, inshi motoka ulombelefye).... Brian Chisenga! Just skimmed through your points, but it confirms what I have been thinking all these years! Was getting a replacement for my licence here in Ndola. So, what do they do... They decide to put me through a test! Ine shocked as I thought it wasn't the case so long as you had it before! Anyway, it so happened the examiner told me to join the other three learner drivers who were taking the test! The way the guys drove, I thought one of them would take us straight into a truck..... What happened after the test?? The all got licenced! Half baked! And we get shocked when they ram over our relative or friend!
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Re: Causes Of Road traffic Accidents;beyond RTSA's eye

Postby Matako » 29th May 2012, 22:00

What most people don't know or to be more precise, what they refuse to acknowledge is that once you get behind the wheel of a car and hit the road, your life is in the hands of other drivers. No matter how good and how careful a driver you may be, it takes just one drunk or suicidal driver to completely ruin your day. They will only ruin your day if you are lucky. Otherwise they will send you to meet your ancestors.

Don't be surprised when you see people hanging rosaries and beads and feathers and crucifixes and other such juju items, around their rearview mirrors. Whatever you can do to better your odds of escaping a rendezvous with a maniac driver. If your grandmother gives you a lucky charm made out of a monkey's skull, take it. It's better than nothing.
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