“However encouraging this trend may be, the fact is that every single casualty is one too many. Every case involves someone’s life, their family and friends, and personal suffering”.
Lusaka, Saturday, 11th June, 2016. Zambia has recorded positive trends in the road traffic accident statistics for the first time in more than a year. Between January and April 2016, a total of 7,704 road traffic accidents were recorded.
According to the Police, 408 people were killed as compared to 465 in the first quarter of 2015, representing a 12 percent reduction. And during the same period, 1,350 were left seriously injured compared to 1,558 people in 2015 representing a 13 percent reduction.
The Trust has observed that this trend can be attributed to:
• A much more visible and proactive Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA);
• Improved relations and collaboration among key stakeholders in particular RTSA and the Zambia Police;
• More involvement and support from corporate partners particularly Puma Energy Zambia plc, Lafarge plc, Total Zambia plc, Toyota Zambia to mention just a few;
• Citizens becoming more alert that accidents are as a result of their own individual actions;
• Improved quick action by government to rectify causes of accidents.
Zambia Road Safety Trust Executive Director, Daniel Mwamba, said:
“The success achieved so far is a mandate and an obligation for the future. However encouraging this trend may be, the fact is that every single casualty is one too many. Every case involves someone’s life, their family and friends, and personal suffering. That is why, despite all the statistical success, we must never relent in our efforts to make our roads even safer”.
Road accidents are usually associated with great social and economic loss:
• at the individual level, with the suffering of the casualties and their relatives;
• at the economic level, with burdens imposed on the health service, for instance;
• at the industrial level, with commercial losses due to absence of staff, damage or production downtimes.
Successful road safety activities are a challenge for society as a whole. The key objective of successful road safety activities is thus to steadily reduce the number of people killed and seriously or critically injured in road accidents. The guiding principle is that every road fatality is one too many.
Road safety is the responsibility of many parties. We all have an impact on road safety through our behaviour as pedestrians, cyclists, car drivers, motorcyclists, HGV drivers, bus/minibus drivers or users of other forms of transport. /Ends