Traffic police begin crackdown of motorist; Seatbelts and other road Compliance policies.
Today morning, Traffic police begin crackdown of motorists.
A report from the Police Spokesperson Bruno Shioso, indicated that a nation wide crackdown to enforce the traffic rules kicks off today.
Among the traffic rules to be checked is use of seat belts by passengers, Check Road Service licence (RSL) validity verification for all Public Service Vehicles, check PSV route compliance.
Additional rules include verification PSV Licence and badge validity, Motor vehicle Inspection sticker for PSVs as well as commercial vehicles, check Fleet Speed and enforce Lane discipline to prevent overlapping and dangerous overtaking.
The operation which started because of the surge of road accidents, is aimed at identifying illegal PSV operators.
Shioso said,” We also observe a sharp increase in fatalities among passengers and in the last one week. (18th-26th September 2022) a total of 145 persons have perished.”
Shioso added,”From our assessment, the increase was mainly attributed to preventable and predictable factors. Non-usage of seat belts by commuters, driver behavior such as speeding leading to loss of control in high occupancy vehicles and poor mechanical condition of vehicles resulting in brake failures and tyre bursts were some of the noted causes.”
According to NTSA, road accidents increased from 3286 to 3,541representing a 7.8 per cent increase.
NTSA said,” From January 1 to September 26, 2022, we have recorded a total of 15,924 road crashes victims countrywide; 3,541 victims were fatally injured, 7,236 persons seriously injured, while 5,147 victims were slightly injured.
“Vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, motorcyclists and pillion passengers are the most affected in these statistics.” NTSA added.