Over 1,200 people have died in Road Traffic related accidents on Zambian roads in the first nine months of this year.
However the deaths recorded this year as at September 30th, 2018, are fewer compared to the deaths recorded last year during the same period.
According to the latest road safety bench marking report from the Zambia Road Safety Trust (ZRST), 1,282 lives were lost on Zambian roads, compared to 1,407 recorded during the same period in 2017.
According to the report released by ZRST Head of Communications Mailos Mwale, over 100 people are killed every month, and that the development is hampering the attainment of the 2020 target of a 50 percent reduction in road traffic accidents.
And ZRST Chairman Daniel Mwamba has called for concerted and multi-sectoral response from government and stakeholders as RTA deaths are robbing the country of 100 Zambians every month, and costing the economy K5 billion every year.
Mr Mwamba stated that Pedestrians and cyclists continue to make up almost 70 percent of the more than 2, 000 annual road traffic deaths in Zambia which he described as unacceptably high.
He urged motorists and pedestrians to always be alert on the road and obey traffic rules by not drinking or taking drugs.
Mr Mwamba also urged government to address the issues regarding the safety of pedestrians, in particular the construction and conversion of safe roads for vulnerable road users.
Mr Mwamba further said that the ZRST will participate in this year’s road safety week, which commences on December 16 and will work with the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) and other stakeholders to raise awareness of road safety during this festive period.
Mr Mwamba observed that the festive season is prone to recording high road fatalities due to the excitement that fills the holiday season, which is a danger for road users.
He pointed out that last year over 20 people were killed during the said period, adding that the public needs to exercise road safety regardless of what period we are in.