Lusaka, Sunday, 26th June, 2016. The Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) have revealed that the driver of the Hillcrest National Technical High School minibus in which 6 pupils and a teacher died last week was intoxicated at the time of the crash.
According to RTSA, Mr. Joseph Kafwimbi Mwape was driving under the influence of alcohol and the Agency is shocked why the school authorities allowed a drunk driver to be in charge of the vehicle, thereby compromising the safety of the pupils.
Daniel Mwamba, executive director at the Zambia Road Safety Trust (ZRST), said: “We are not surprised at the findings of this investigation, as it validates our previous campaigns and research that most organisations in our country neglect their road safety responsibilities to individual drivers.
“We know that more than a quarter of all road traffic incidents involve somebody who is driving as part of their work at the time. Over 2100 people were killed in Zambia in 2015, effective management of work-related road safety helps reduce risk, no matter what size the organisation is and could reduce this road toll.
“Sadly, people continue to lose their lives on our roads in crashes caused by drivers who are fatigued, time pressured, over speeding, inattention, driving a defective vehicle, distracted, incompetent, using a mobile, lack of seat belt use, incorrect loading, and under the influence alcohol. This can so easily be avoided when organisations implement appropriate road safety policies by considering their duty of care requirements.
“ZRST welcomes a government plan of a statutory instrument (SI) or law that will compel organisations to manage their work related road safety, as implementing appropriate road risk management systems can bring huge benefits”.
The ZRST in partnership with the Ministry of Transport and Communications will next month host the first ever conference on Work related Road Safety on Monday 11th July 2016 and those interested in learning more about Work related Road Safety can visit our website on www.zambiaroadsafety.org .
Notes for Editors:
ZAMBIA ROAD SAFETY TRUST
The Zambia 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 over 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.
WORK RELATED ROAD SAFETY
Work related Road Safety applies to individuals who are driving their own car to commute to work or driving a company vehicle for work purposes (fleet or passenger). In recent years, Zambia has continued to experience an increase in number of road related traffic accidents. Taking responsibility to improve Work Related Road Safety will improve road safety as a whole in Zambia; about 2100 lives were lost on Zambian roads in 2015, of those a number were related to people driving for work or commuting.