18 May 2013

Zambia: Use ICT to Curb Accidents, RTSA Told

GOVERNMENT has challenged the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) to collaborate with Information Communication Technology (ICT) stakeholders to find solutions to the increased road carnage.

Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Minister Christopher Yaluma said in Lusaka yesterday that Government and the private sector should raise ICT awareness to facilitate improved road safety and ensure safer vehicles on the roads.

Mr Yaluma said this during commemoration of the World Telecommunication Information Society Day.

He said the severity of road crashes could not be fully assessed because they went beyond the economic impact and tragic loss of life to profound impacts such as trauma and long term suffering.

"It is important for RTSA to search for road safety solutions through harnessing the several ICT tools to improve road safety and traffic management," the minister said in a speech read for him by director of communications, Luwani Soko.

Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority director-general, Margaret Mudenda said RTSA should implement measures that would help prevent accidents and improve efficiencies in traffic management.

"It is sad to note that some of the most dangerous practices on the roads have been caused by motorists utilising ICTs wrongly.

"Practices such as talking on the mobile phones, and writing and reading text messages or email while driving may cause destruction to property, injuries and death on the road the world over," Ms Mudenda said.

RTSA deputy director Martin Mbangu said traffic law enforcement would be improved by using ICTs.

Mr Mbangu said RTSA intended to upgrade its e-system to enable it to champion the implementation of the Government policy on e-governance.

Meanwhile, seven people out of the 13 that were admitted to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka on Thursday following a road traffic accident in Chibombo District have been discharged, reports Nakubiana Shabongo.

UTH public relations officer Mwenya Mulenga said yesterday that the victims were out of danger and that the remaining six were recuperating.

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