The road traffic accident Scene along the Kapiri Ndola road.
The road traffic accident Scene along the Kapiri Ndola road.
The Zambia Road Safety Trust (ZRST) would like to congratulate His Excellency, the President Elect of Zambia, Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, for his re-election on 11th August 2016.

Recent figures estimate conservatively that some 2100 persons in Zambia are killed each year in road crashes and a further ten thousand people are injured (Zambia Police, 2015). These numbers are likely to almost double by 2020 unless urgent action is taken. A prevalence of under-reporting of serious crashes means that the actual number of deaths is likely to be much higher than that reported by the Police.

And according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO), between 2010 -2012, injuries and road traffic accidents were the 3rd ranked cause of deaths, accounting for almost 10% of all fatalities in Zambia. At present trends, with no effective mitigation, we project that within the next four years, road traffic injuries will rank as the 2nd leading cause of death in Zambia after HIV/AIDS, killing more than double the current number.

While, over half of the Zambia’s road deaths are vulnerable road users (pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists), the majority of those killed are men between the ages of 15 and 44, mostly breadwinners, adds the CSO 2014 annual report.

Road Accidents are often covered in the media simply as events—not as one of a leading killer of people and an enormous drain on a country’s human, health and financial resources. In addition to the tremendous traumatic and emotional impact of road crashes, there is a vast economic consequence. Nationally, road crashes typically cost the equivalent of 1-3% of our country’s Gross Domestic Product. Personally, road crashes can be the trigger that plunges a family into poverty. Every case involves someone’s life, their family and friends, and personal suffering.

The Zambia Road Safety Trust would like to appeal to the President Elect that having been given a new mandate by the Zambian people, he appreciates that road death and injury is not inevitable. Road trauma is a preventable public health challenge which can be halted with amenable actions.

As currently six to seven people are killed every day, and more than 20 seriously injured from road accidents on Zambia’s roads, President Lungu needs to act immediately as he takes office. The numbers speak for themselves: this is a public health and development crisis that is expected to worsen unless action is taken.

Political will is needed by the President Elect to ensure appropriate road safety legislation and stringent enforcement of laws by which we all need to abide. We call for capable leaders, institutions and strategies that can ensure reduced likelihood of accidents occurring and minimise the severity if a crash occur. If this cannot be ensured, families and communities will continue to grieve and our health systems will continue to bear the brunt of injury and disability due to these road accidents.

In line with the World Health Organisation, the Zambia Road Safety Trust endorses a comprehensive approach to road safety, called the Safe System approach, which recognises that, as the human body is vulnerable to injury and humans will always make mistakes, the safety of all parts of the system (e.g. road users, vehicles and roads) must be improved to help minimize the impact of those mistakes.

Daniel Mwamba

Chairman

Zambia Road Safety Trust

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8 COMMENTS

  1. @The Zambia Road Safety Trust (ZRST), what are you going to do to help the president bwana road trust??? it is not everything kano ba president. Please do something?

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  2. Ba muselela kwa kaba ba galu imwe. I guess you have to congratulate the iligitimate ascend to power of your ka boss ka Lungu aka drunken master. Mwanya petition yala passa elo mukanwa amenshi ba feecolour ba idyot imwe.
    Zwa.

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  3. This is true and a naked reality. Driving outside of Zambia one can at least to this that our Zambian roads are very very dangerous. But also not only the roads most of our drivers on the roads are outright dangerous drivers. So we should not just blame the roads but the drivers as well. For example i find it very sad to see how pedestrians are treated on the Zambian roads especially in urban areas. The fact that one has a car or is driving one does not give you absolute right to the roads you have to be cautious for people like you who may want to cross the road. In some countries if not most when you kill a pedestrian you loose your drivers licence in addition to your charge of murder or capable homicide. So let us take extreme care when we drive to avoid being inconvenienced.

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  4. All those who insult tells the caliber of your mothers and where you originate from. choose one ans or both, (a)tawafuma apalowa (b) kumatako

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  5. You don’t need the president for road safety, you cadres. let the road safety organization be in good hands and our roads will be safe because everyone will be forced to follow road safety rules. remove road safety from state house where Lungu and Kaizer and other s are stealing the money from the roads

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