By NATION REPORTER
The Zambia Road Safety Trust (ZRST) is saddened by the 12 percent increase in the number of road traffic accidents, injuries and fatalities recorded in the second quarter of 2018.
ZRST chairperson Daniel Mwamba said his organisation had noted a 12 percent increase in the number of fatalities this year compared to 2017 during the same period.
Mr Mwamba said road accidents were preventable and avoidable, if only organisations worked together to save lives.
He said many fatal accidents were caused by speeding drivers and those driving under the influence of alcohol.
Mr Mwamba said reckless road users should be dealt with more severely by government authorities.
He was reacting to police public relations officer Esther Katongo’s statement yesterday that Zambia had a recorded an increase of 511 deaths in road traffic accidents this year compared to last year in the second quarter.
Ms Katongo said among the casualties in 2018, 362 were children under the age of 16 of which 44 died, 131 were seriously injured and 187 were slightly injured.
She said out of 7,713 road traffic accidents recorded in 2018, 399 were fatal accidents in which 487 people were killed compared to 432 people killed in the same period in 2017.
She said out of 7,713 road traffic accidents recorded in 2018, 399 were fatal road traffic accidents in which 487 people were killed compared to 432 people killed in the same period in 2017.
She said this indicated an increase by 55 persons killed and also an increase in the number of fatal road traffic accidents by 71.
Ms Katongo said a total number of 10,430 motor vehicles were involved in road traffic accidents during the period under review compared to 9, 770 motor vehicles involved during the same period in 2017.
She said most road traffic accidents in the second quarter of 2018 have been attributed to excessive speed, failing to keep to the lane, reversing negligently, and inexperienced driving.
Ms Katongo said during the period under review, 36,359 road traffic offences were recorded compared to 38,114 road traffic offences recorded during the same period in 2017.
She said Lusaka Province recorded the highest traffic accidents at 4,099 with 113 deaths, while Airports division recorded the lowest with 40 accidents and one death.