Location: Lusaka, Release: Immediate

Seatbelts can reduce the chances of death or serious injury in a crash by up to 75%.
Today, Wednesday,17th September 2014, between 09am – 11am, The Zambian Road Safety Trust Volunteers will be at Lusaka Intercity Bus Station to raising awareness on the use of seat belts for bus commuters and drivers.

The survey conducted by the Trust revealed that in spite of that fact that over 80% of intercity buses have been fitted with seat belts nearly all passengers including drivers do not buckle up.

Zambian Road Safety Trust – Board Chairperson, Daniel Mwamba:

“Seat belts do save lives and the law requires you to wear a seat belt that is properly adjusted and fastened. We hope that this campaign will save lives”.

Zambia has one of the worst road safety and accidents claims 2000 people annually. Although Zambia has less than 0.02% of the world’s registered vehicles, but almost 14 times the proportion of fatalities from road traffic crashes. Passengers not wearing their seat-belts at the time of a collision account for the majority of occupant road traffic fatalities. The seat-belt is the single most effective feature in a vehicle to reduce the severity of injury to the vehicle occupants that results from road traffic crashes and can reduce the chances of death or serious injury in a crash by up to 75%. Failure to use a seat-belt is a major risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries among vehicle occupants.

NOTE:
1. The Zambian Road Safety Trust (ZRST) approach on road safety in Zambia is based on international approved best practice approaches. The Trust was officially launched on 26th April 2014 at the Freedom Statue, New Government Complex, Lusaka . The Guest of honour was Hon. Yamfwa Mukanga, MP, Minister of Transport, Works, Supply & Communication. Other speakers at the launch included Ms. Stella Libongani, Inspector General of the Police and His Worship Mr. Tembo, the Deputy Mayor of Lusaka.
2. Zambia, with almost 2000 fatalities in road crashes per year, is one of the worst performing countries, as far as road safety is concerned. The recent unprecedented high levels and rates of motorization in Zambia has lead to rapidly escalating road traffic injuries, often resulting in premature death and disability. Zambia has less than 0.02% of the world’s registered vehicles, but almost 14 times the proportion of fatalities from road traffic crashes. These injuries occur predominantly to vulnerable road users and economically active males.
3. Global Figures
– 1.3 million road deaths occur every year
– More than 50 million people are seriously injured every year
– There are 3,500 deaths a day or 150 every hour, and nearly three people get killed on the road every minute
– The number of traffic fatalities will rise by 67 percent over the period of 2000-2020, 68 percent in the Middle East and North African region and 144 percent in Southeast Asia- Middle and low-income countries to see an increase in traffic deaths of 83 percent by 2020
– The UN goal is to halve the number of road victims by 2020
– $3 trillion (USD) is the cost of road crashes every year

INFORMATION:
W: www.zambianroadsafety.org, E: info@zambianroadsafety.org, Tel: +26 0953736461/ +26 0974091763