EXCESSIVE EXCITEMENT OF DRIVERS DURING CAMPAIGNS A THREAT TO OTHER ROAD USERS – RTS
THERE is excessive excitement among some motorists on the Copperbelt in the wake of political campaigns resulting in disregard of traffic rules and coronavirus prevention guidelines.
The trend is posing a threat to other road users and has potential to increase road traffic accidents, COVID-19 cases and loss of life.
This came to light when the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) and Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) undertook the first-ever joint road safety and COVID-19 sensitisation campaign for motorists and other travellers.
DMMU Copperbelt regional coordinator George Akalemwa said most people have relaxed in observing COVID-19 prevention guidelines.Mr Akalemwa said DMMU has developed a multi-sectoral approach to ensure people are sensitised and cautioned against dropping the guard against the global pandemic.
He said the unit will continue educating people on the need to continue observing public guidelines to avert the further spread of the novel virus.“This operation is meant to send a word of caution that COVID-19 is real and we risk recording more cases in the third wave if we don’t take precautions. “We need to protect lives even as people conduct campaigns,” he said.
Mr Akalemwa said there is need to heighten sensitisation in the media, among other platforms, to prevent rapid COVID-19 spread.DMMU distributed 2,500 face masks to motorists and other travellers during the operation.RTSA Copperbelt regional manager Jean Chewe said the agency wants to take advantage of the campaign to improve road safety to minimise carnage.
Ms Chewe said RTSA further wants to monitor road safety compliance among motorists