Road accidents third major killer in Zambia-Siamunene

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Government says road carnages and injuries have become the third major killer after HIV/AIDS and malaria.


Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Deputy Minister Richwell Siamunene said government was concerned about the high number of road traffic accidents in the country.


Mr. Siamunene said road accidents have also become a drain to national resources because of the cost associated with attending to the injured and dead people.


He was speaking in Lusaka today when he handed over a donation of reflector road safety school bags to pupils at New Kanyama basic school.


The donation was sourced by the Zambia Road Safety Trust, Puma Zambia limited and Amend, an international road safety non-governmental organisation.


He said out of the 625 pedestrians who were killed in road mishaps, a high percentage are children in 2014.


He further said government recognizes children’s vulnerability and inexperience on the roads hence it has devised safety measures for children.


And Zambia Road Safety Trust Chairperson Daniel Mwamba disclosed that his organization has trained 1,000 road safety volunteers in the last six months in Lusaka, Copperbelt and Northern provinces.


Mr. Mwamba these volunteers will help prevent children from being hit by vehicles.


Meanwhile, Amend Africa Director Tom Bishops said Africa has got the world’s most dangerous roads with a death rate of 24.1 percent per 100,000 of the population.


Mr. Bishops said Africa has the least motorists in the world with two percent vehicles but contributes 16 percent to the world’s road fatalities annually.