Twenty people died in road accidents during long weekend

16th 2013 - Chibombo accident 20130717_041406
16th July 2013 - Chibombo accident 20130717 -
Twenty two people died during the heroes and unity holidays in road traffic accident compared to sixteen who died during the same period last year.

Police Deputy Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga in a statement released to QFM News says the country recorded 257 accidents indicating an increase in the number of road traffic accidents that occurred compared to last year when 198 road traffic accidents were recorded.

Mr Hamoonga says the Copperbelt and Central Provinces recorded the highest number of accident casualties with four deaths each followed by Southern Province with three deaths while Lusaka, Northern, Eastern and Muchinga had two deaths each and the lowest being North-Western, Luapula and Western recording one death each.

Mr Hamoonga says 69 people sustained serious compared to 49 in 2013,while 60 people sustained slight injuries compared to 50 in 2013.

He says this implies that there has been an increase in the number of accidents, those killed, seriously and slightly injured.

Mr Hamoonga says this is attributed to the high number of vehicles on the roads, motorist not observing road traffic rules and regulations and over speeding.

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