Police say 47 people lost their lives in road accidents across the country during the long weekend.
Police Deputy Spokesman Rae Hamoonga said the number of people who lost their lives through-out the country during this year’s Heroes and Unity holidays due to road traffic accidents has increased to 47 as compared to last year where 29 people died.
Mr Hamoonga said this representing a 62% increase compared to the number of persons killed last year.
“A total number of 282 road traffic accidents were recorded during the period as compared to last years’ 285, indicating a decrease of three road traffic accidents,” Mr Hamoonga said in a statement issued in Lusaka.
Copperbelt recorded the highest number with 66 road traffic accidents, followed by the Lusaka with 64, Southern and Central provinces both recorded 34 each. Whilst North Western had 20, Luapula 10, Northern Nine, Muchinga Seven and Western recorded five road traffic accidents and was the lowest.
Out of these accidents, 38 were fatal, 29 serious injuries, 65 slight injuries and 140 damage only accidents.
Police attributes the increase to human error such are over speeding and non-compliance to road traffic rules and regulations by motorists and pedestrians.