A total of 1,989 people were killed in 2017 in road traffic accidents in Zambia.
This is out of a total number of 30,163 road traffic accidents recorded throughout the country.
This is according to fogures released by the Zambia Police Service.
In 2016, Zambia recorded a total number of 32,350 indicating a decrease of 2,187 accidents in 2017.
“When compared to the year 2016, the Country recorded a reduction in the number of fatalities in 2017 by 217, a reduction in persons seriously injured by 932 and a reduction in the number of persons slightly injured by six persons,” Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo revealed.
Most of the accidents recorded in 2017 have been attributed to excessive speed at 14.9%, misjudging clearance distance, 13.9%, failing to keep to the near side at 13.0% and overtaking improperly was at 5.3%.
Lusaka Province recorded the highest number of accidents at 15,977 where 474 persons were killed while Western Province recorded the lowest number at 546 with 61 persons killed.
The Copperbelt Province had 4874 reports with 434 persons killed, Central Province recordede2066 with 316 persons killed, Southern Province had 1757 with 170 persons killed, Eastern Province recorded 1586 with 155 persons killed, North Western Province had 1322 with 82 persons killed while Muchinga Province had 730 with 106 persons killed, Luapula Province had 710 with 71 persons killed and Northern Province had 595 with 120 persons killed.
Out of 1,989 persons killed in 2017, 203 were juveniles of which 123 were boys and 80 were girls, all below the age of 16 compared to 237 juveniles killed in 2016.
Meanwhile, the Zambia Police Service collected a total of K40, 439,445=00 as annual revenue for 2017 in Traffic fines.