7,341 road traffic accidents recorded in 2016

POLICE have said 7,341 road traffic accidents were recorded out of which 386 were fatal in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Spokesperson Esther Katongo said Lusaka recorded the highest number of accidents at 3,984 and 122 deaths followed by Copperbelt Province, which had 1,047 while Central Province came third with 564 with 61 and 69 deaths, respectively.
Mrs Katongo said in a statement yesterday 458 people died compared to the 444 in 2015 during the same period (fourth quarter of 2016) which represented an increase by 14 deaths.
“Other provinces are Southern recording 416 accidents with 42 deaths, Eastern had 414 accidents in which 48 people died, North-Western had 318 accidents with 29 deaths, Western had 156 with 32 deaths while Muchinga had 152 accidents with 22 deaths,” she said.
Mrs Katongo said Western Province had 156 with 32 deaths, Northern 130 accidents in which 17 people died while Luapula recorded 160 accidents with 16 deaths.
She said 769 were serious while 1,373 were minor accidents with 4,813 cases of damage only.
Mrs Katongo said 1,479 people were injured in the fourth quarter of 2016 as compared to the 1,032 in 2015 representing an increase of 447.
She said most of the accidents last year (2016) were attributed to human error such as excessive speed, misjudging clearance distance and cutting in.
Mrs Katongo appealed to the road users to adhere to traffic rules and regulations in order to reduce the number of traffic accidents in Zambia.

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