Lusaka, Monday, 17th August, 2015. There is a continuing need to focus on improving the safety of vulnerable road users, says the Zambian Road Safety Trust (ZRST), as the first and second quarter road death figures reveal an increase in cyclist and pedestrian deaths.

The figures, announced today by the Zambia Police reveal that 504 pedestrians and 128 cyclists were killed in the first and second quarter on Zambia’s roads in 2015.

Mr. Yoram Phiri who is Zambia Police Principal Traffic Officer said there were 233 pedestrian deaths and 61 cyclist deaths out of a total number of 465 fatalities in the first quarter. In the second quarter, there were 271 pedestrian deaths and 67 cyclists deaths out of a total number of 563 fatalities.
In the first quarter, pedestrians deaths made up 50% of road deaths, whilst in the second quarter made up of 48%. In total since, January to June 2015, as many as 1028 people were killed in about 16,400 accidents recorded by the Police.

There were 7,783 road accidents in the first quarter, (January 1st to March 31st 2015) and 8,617 accidents in the second quarter, (1st April – June 30th).

Daniel Mwamba, Chair of ZRST, said: “As in previous years, the revelation of road casualty figures for the first and second quarter has shown that we cannot lose sight of the work that still needs to be done on making our roads safer, particularly where vulnerable road users like cyclists and pedestrians are concerned.

“ZRST support initiatives by the Road Development Agency (RDA) and the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) that seek to improve the safety of cyclists and pedestrians because they can prevent injuries and have other health advantages too.

“Three out of every five road users killed every day are “vulnerable road users”, i.e. pedestrians, cyclists or motor riders. One reason for this is that, in accidents involving cars and vulnerable road users, it will typically be the vulnerable road users who come off worst. We urge all those involved in road safety across Zambia to redouble their efforts in improving the safety of high risk vulnerable road users including children”.

Zambia’s government target is to reduce the number of people killed in road accidents by 50% by 2020.