RTSA projects positive road safety for 2019

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The Road Transport and Safety Agency has projected a positive road safety outlook for 2019 as the country records a reduction in road traffic accidents and death during the Easter holiday.

RTSA Head – Public Relations Fredrick Mubanga said according to statistics released by Zambia Police recently, the numbers of road traffic accidents dropped from 260 in 2018 to 212 in 2019.

Mr Mubanga said the number of fatalities reduced from 26 in 2018 to 15 in 2019 representing a reduction of about 47 per cent.

He said the statistics are a clear indication that the country could achieve a meaningful reduction in road traffic crashes if all road users adhere to traffic rules and regulations.

“The drop in road accidents and deaths during this period could be attributed to the intensified highway traffic law enforcement by a joint team of RTSA and Zambia Police officers which culminated in increased compliance levels to traffic rules and regulations by all road users,” he said.

Mr Mubanga said the Agency has since implored all road users, especially motorists, to strictly adhere to traffic rules and regulations if the country is to record a further reduction in road traffic crashes for the year 2019.