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Statistics reveal that Zambian roads continues to be deadly-ZRST

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Zambian Road Safety Trust (ZRST) has called on government to immediately implement life-saving measures that will  save lives and prevent serious injuries as the Zambian roads have continued to be deadly,
The  Zambia Police statistics released has shown an increase in casualties and incidents caused by road traffic in 2016, with no improvement in road safety since 2011.

ZRST Communications Officer said in a press statement today that the newly released government traffic data paint a sobering picture of safety on the nation’s roads as 2016 remained the deadliest year on the nation’s roads.

Mailosi Mwale said the number of people who died in road accidents reached 2,206 last year, that’s a 4.4 percent increase over 2015.

Mr Mwale noted that the total for 2016 was up 19% from the 2014 figure. The annual total for 2015 was 2,113, a 14% increase from 2014. The 2014 figure was less than 0.5% higher than 2013.

The Communications officer said out of the 2,206 persons killed, 237 were children amongst them 137 were boys and 100 girls.
He said 6,432 road users were injured seriously, some permanently disabled for the rest of their lives in 2016, and 8,456 were slightly injured.

Mr Mwale said the Zambia Police cited that most of the accidents have been attributed to excessive speed at 14.7%, misjudging clearance distance 14.6%, failing to keep to the near side 12.8% whilst cutting at 10.9%.

Statistically this means that every day six lives are lost on the roads, 20 seriously injured and reported 90 accidents.

 

He pointed out that the figures might not be statistically significant, urged people inform their  family and friends about it.

ZRST Chairperson Danniel Mwamba said: “Our complacency is killing us. Zambians believe there is nothing we can do to stop crashes from happening, but that isn’t true, we know what needs to be done; we just haven’t done it.”

Mr Mwamba said the figures are worrying, especially that the driver’s conduct remains the top cause of crashes.
“We are clear on what needs to be done here. We call for road safety targets to be introduced by the Road Transport and Safety Agency- they are an internationally recognised way of ensuring reductions are measured and achieved, He said.
He also called for a greater focus on driver and rider quality and incentives for companies and individuals to continuously develop their skills.

Mr Mwamba said there is also need to focus on tackling pedestrian deaths, an area which is often ignored.

“We also need better pedestrian facilities to segregate traffic and vulnerable users where speeds are high, and campaigns to educate pedestrians themselves as they are most often at fault in crashes,” Mr Mwamba noted.
He said the number of pedestrian fatalities is over 60% compared to other road users such as drivers and vehicle occupants adding that efforts should be  focused on making the roads safer for everyone, and especially for people travelling on foot, including the safety of children going to school.

“As our economy improves, we can expect traffic levels to continue to increase, so we must do everything we can to make sure this does not lead to even more increases in road crashes and casualties” he said.

 

13 COMMENTS

  1. BRABUS..
    ZRST Chairperson Danniel Mwamba said: “Our complacency is killing us”. Absolutely true, ba Chairman. This is indeed worrying. SIX people dying every day on average on our roads and we are barely 15 million. This is unacceptable.
    • Skeleton
      Over 2000 people died on PF dilapidated roads in 2016 alone. The Euro kaloba~bond~was inappropriately misused by PF bandits. Zambian Road Safety Trust (ZRST) has called on govt to sanely "implement life -saving measures that will save lives and prevent serious injuries as the Zambian roads have continued to be deadly" b'coz the PFolice "statistics released had shown an increase in casualties[over2000] and incidents caused by road traffic in 2016, with no improvement in road safety since 2011"! Where is the Euro bond PF bandits? The Skeleton Key ~206~
    • Rainman & the Magna Carta: I make it Rain on command.
      Until the corruption at RATSA stops, collecting drivers licences by 1diots after working hours, and at home of RATSA officers, the accidents stats will never go down bakoswe
    • Mvela
      Commercial truck drivers should not drive for more than 8hrs, Need to drive 8hrs and then take an 8hr break. Driver fatigue is the main cause for most fatalities. Bus trips covering more 8hrs should have two drivers.
  2. NEZ (new educated Zambia UPND ) BEST BLOGGER 2016.
    And statistics also show that since pf took over the standards of living have dilapidated and people are frustrated. Just look at the recent rise in murders and manslaughter in Zambia. People are suffering and have no effective government to serve them with true leadership. Very sad. Lungu must go
  3. Mzee Hekima
    How can Zambian roads not be dangerous when RSTA are the first to break the law. One RSTA vehicle was cruising through all pedestrian crossing on Chilimbulu road ABP 4912 at exactly 10:27hrs. By b
  4. Mzee Hekima
    I tried to call 983 no one answers. This happened on Friday RSTA vehicle cruising through all pedestrian crossing. What are you teaching the rest of the drivers.
    • NEZ (new educated Zambia UPND ) BEST BLOGGER 2016.
      Kiki wandepula mune. Of course they couldn't answer because the pf thugs were out drinking and driving carelessly.
  5. TRUE ZAMBIAN
    Mr Mwamba said the figures are worrying, especially that the driver’s conduct remains the top cause of crashes. How many people die in hospitals per day especially UTH compared to road accidents because of medical staff’s conduct which remains the top cause of deaths? They issue prescriptions like mad people for medicines which have already been sourced using tax payer's money which they end up selling to tax payers at their pharmacies. Why not compile statistics for all the causes of deaths in the country for people to know the causes of major concern instead of providing information in piece meals? We may end up spending all the resources on accident prevention measures when the actual danger is natural death due to failure by medical staff to tackle diseases or murder due to Police...
  6. ANYOKOoo
    I have never heard of this organisation before , its A FAKE ONE , is it not doing same Job as RATSA this is like NCC IS A FAKE AND TOOTHLESS ORGANISATION.
  7. Tom Sawyer
    Zambian roads continue-subject is plural verb doesn't end in S Zambian road continues-subject is singular verb ends in S Grade 3 English

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