17 people died during Christmas holidays

 17 people died during Christmas holidays

By CHINOYI CHIPULU
A total of 152 Road Traffic Accidents (RTA) and 17 deaths were recorded during the Christmas holidays countrywide.

Police Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said out of the 152 RTA 16 were fatal road traffic accidents in which 17 people died.

Mr Hamoonga said Copperbelt recorded the highest number of road traffic accidents with 54 followed by Lusaka with 50.

He said Eastern Province recorded 12 while Southern province recorded eight, Central recorded seven while North-Western and Luapula recorded six each.

Others are, Muchinga Province with five, Northern Province recorded three and Western province did not record any road traffic accident.

Mr Hamoonga said 14 were serious road traffic accidents in which 19 persons were seriously injured, 28 were slight road traffic accidents in which 33 persons were slightly injured and 94 were recorded as damage only road traffic accidents.

He said they has been a reduction in comparison to 2020 Christmas holiday which recorded 234 road traffic accidents were which shows a reduction of 82 road traffic accidents

Mr Hamoonga said the reduction can be attributed to the road traffic patrols being conducted by Zambia Police Service working with other stakeholders.
“The traffic section has also been sensitizing the road users through radio and Television programs. Such programs have contributed to compliance levels by the road users especially the motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, “he said.

He also said that speed trap management teams in all the divisions were deployed in strategic and accidents prone areas in order to reduce road traffic offences and road traffic accidents during this period.

Alice Nachilembe

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Alice Nachilembe is a Journalist who yearns for a better country with leaders being accountable to their mandate without oppressing the governed.