***PRESS RELEASE** Lusaka, Zambia – Wednesday, 6th May, 2015. The Zambian Road Safety Trust (ZRST) has mourned eight people who died in a head-on collision on Sunday, 3rd May 2015. A journalist from PRIME TV, Mr. Muunga Hansingo, his wife, daughter, and four other family members were pronounced dead at the scene and have been buried today (Wednesday, 6th May 2015) in the same mass grave.

Chairman of the Zambian Road Safety Trust, Mr Daniel Mwamba said:

“Every death is tragic but the loss of 8 people from the same family is appalling and a senseless waste of life. This is a fourth accident involving members of the same family this year.”

Mr. Hansingo and his family were returning from his brother’s wedding in Livingstone when their Toyota Noah collided with an oncoming Land Rover Discovery.

In view of the alarming increase in fatal road crashes, the Trust calls on government to drastically change the transportation policy, giving top priority to safety and sustainable mobility. The current transport policy which was formulated in 2002, over 10 years ago has failed to address the current transport problems. The new policy should address traffic-danger related injuries and mobility as a public health and human rights issue, design roads taking account of the role of the public space and rights /needs of vulnerable users and employ more appropriate terminology such as Crash, Collision, Injury, in place of ‘accident’.

“I just feel so frustrated by the loss of life of preventable accidents every week. It is very difficult to know what is to be called for, but we don’t want people to be killed in accidents that are avoidable and needless,” he said.

Road traffic accidents do not have a single cause. They result from a number of contributory factors that combine in a way that leads to a road user failing to cope in a particular situation. The Road and Transport Safety Agency (RTSA) should be proactive in identifying the contributory factors that lead to road accidents, understand how they inter-relate and how they can be modified and prevented, to produce a safer environment and safer road users.

“The lack of proper sustained coordination among the key stakeholders such us the Police, RTSA, Hospital, Fire and Local authorities is a source of concern”. Mr. Mwamba added.

Wednesday, 6th May, 2015

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Notes for Editors:
The Zambian Road Safety Trust (ZRST), a not for profit organisation, seeks to create awareness on road safety and contribute towards reduction in road traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities. Zambia, with almost 2,000 deaths in road crashes per year, is one of the worst performing countries, as far as road safety is concerned. The trust has a particular role to play in terms of personalising the Road Safety Issue, creating a sense of urgency and generating a demand for safety from the public.