“The Trust hopes that this government initiative to install pedestrian Safety Barriers will save at least 160 lives every year”
Lusaka, Saturday, 23rd April, 2016. The Zambia Road Safety Trust (ZRST) is encouraged by government action, through the Ministry of Transport and Communications, to install Steel fixed pedestrian Safety Barriers along recently expanded four lanes – Mumbwa road, providing appropriate crossing points for people to use.
The Trust notes with satisfaction that this action alone by government will save at least 160 lives, particular children and women. In 2015, the ZRST took a survey and found out that on each particular day, two people were killed and seriously injured by motorists, often hit by motorists as they try to cross Mumbwa road.
Zambia Road Safety Trust Chairman, Daniel Mwamba said:
“Government responsiveness means a lot to us for one life lost is one too many and one injury is one too many. The Trust believes that reducing pedestrians killed or seriously injured will have significant impact on reducing unnecessary human suffering from preventable road carnage.”
In 2014, 816 pedestrians were killed, representing 44% of all recorded road fatalities by the Zambia police. While, in 2015 over 500 pedestrians were killed within the first six months, a worrying developing pessimistic trend to the Trust.
The Zambia Road Safety Trust will continue monitoring and evaluating road safety interventions in the country to establish which activities produce the greatest benefits, and support government ambition to deliver the 2020 casualty reduction target to drive down casualty numbers by 50%.