Government is saddened by the high number of road traffic accidents in the country.
Chief Government Spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni says government notes with grave concern the continued high number of road traffic accidents occurring in the country.
Mr Sakeni who is also Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, said according to Police Report, 1,000 lives were lost due to traffic accidents between 1st January and 28th December, 2012,
In a press statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today Mr Sakeni said Zambia has an average of three deaths as a result of traffic accidents on a daily basis, the statistic which he described highly unfortunate and unbearable.
“Government notes with grave concern the continued high number of road traffic accidents in the country. Can you imagine that 1,000 people died this year from January to December? This is an average of three deaths per day, a statistic which is highly unfortunate and unbearable,” Mr Sakeni lamented.
He said government reiterates its call to road traffic authorities to intensify road patrols and sensitize the public on importance of road safety especially during the festive season which is widely celebrated by people annually.
Mr Sakeni said the festive season should be a time of joy and happiness and not sadness and sorrow.
He called on motorists and the public at large to observe traffic rules and regulations at all times so that they do not endanger their lives and those of other people.
“Motorists and the public at large are called upon to observe traffic rules and regulations at all times so that they do not endanger their lives and those of other people. The festive season should be a time of joy and happiness and not sadness and sorrow,” he said.
About 12 people died country-wide from 111 accidents, which occurred during the Christmas holiday in Zambia.
Zambia Police Service Spokesperson Elizabeth Kanjela confirmed in a statement to ZANIS last week.
And Ms Kanjela said police recorded a total number of 64 assault cases of which 56 are coming from Lusaka province while Southern, Luapula, Muchinga and Northern provinces recorded no incidents.
She said this year’s Christmas holiday recorded an increase in the number of road traffic accidents as compared to 2011, which recorded 96 accidents and 10 murder cases.
Prior to Christmas holiday, President Michael Sata encouraged Zambians to use the Christmas festival to promote reconciliation and love.
Mr Sata has urged Zambians to use the festive period to show love, compassion and care to one another and families to get-together.
Zambians from all walks of life tomorrow celebrates New Year, 2013.