The Zambia Police Service has revealed that during the 2018 heroes and Unity long weekend the Service recorded 300 road traffic accidents as compared to the 310 recorded during the same period in 2017.
Zambia Police Public Relations Officer Esther Katongo said out of the 300 road traffic accidents, 24 were fatal in which 27 people, died compared to last year where 26 people died, 41 were serious road traffic accidents with 113 persons sustaining serious injuries compared to 56 persons injured in 2017 showing an increase on those injured.
She said 64 were slight road traffic accidents in which 86 people were slightly, compared to 82 persons that were slightly injured in 2017 while 171 were damages.
Ms. Katongo disclosed that Lusaka Province recorded 105 road traffic accidents with one death and 05 people seriously injured, Copperbelt recorded 56 road traffic accidents with five deaths and 22 seriously injured, while Central Province recorded 27 road traffic accidents with three deaths and 10 seriously injured.
She stated that Eastern Province recorded 29 road traffic accidents with five deaths and four seriously injured, Southern Province with 24, two deaths and 21 seriously injured.
Ms. Katongo said Luapula had 14 road traffic accidents with four deaths and 29 seriously injured, Western Province had 12 road traffic accidents with three people killed and two left with serious injuries.
She further added that Northern Province recorded 8 accidents with one death and five seriously injured while Muchinga Province recorded 10 road traffic accidents with two deaths and eight seriously injured.
Ms. Katongo explained that most of the accidents were as a result of excessive speed, misjudging clearance distance and failing to keep to the lane.