CAROLINE KALOMBE, Lusaka
THE country has recorded a decrease in road traffic accidents from 158 in last yearâ€™s New Year period to 80 in similar period this year and the police have attributed this to intensive patrols and motorists;â€™ adherence to road traffic rules.
Police spokesperson Charity Munganga said in a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday that 11 lives were lost between 06:00 hours on December 31 last year and 06:00 hours on January 2 this year.
â€œOf the 80 accidents, 11 lives were lost as compared to 2014 when we recorded 17 fatalities.Â This year, we recorded 16 serious and five with slight injuries while 2014 had 27 serious and 25 slight injuries,â€ she said.
Ms Chanda said Lusaka recorded the highest number of accidents at 35, while the Copperbelt recorded 21 and Southern Province recorded six.
Central, Eastern and Western provinces had four each.Â North-Western recorded three, Luapula two and the lowest being Northern Province, which had one accident. No accident was recorded in Muchinga during the stated period.
And two people have died in North-Western Province in separate road accidents, reports BUTTYSON KANDIMBA.
The accidents happened on Wednesday in Kasempa and Solwezi districts.
In the Kasempa incident, a male juvenile died after he was hit by a speeding motor vehicle whilst playing on the road.
North-Western Province Commissioner of Police Eugene Sibote said in an interview yesterday that the accident happened at around 12:00 hours on Wednesday at Muselepete area in Kasempa.
Mr Sibote said the accident happened after the driver of a Toyota vehicle registration number ADC 2434 identified as Hadson Hilton, 72, hit the deceased, who was playing on the road.
â€œDue to the impact of the accident, the juvenile sustained head injuries and was rushed to Mukinge Mission Hospital, where he was pronounced dead,â€ he said.
Mr Sibote said Mr Hilton has been arrested and charged with the offence of causing death by dangerous driving and will appear in court soon.
In Solwezi, an unidentified man died after the vehicle he was travelling in collided with an oncoming vehicle.
Mr Sibote said the accident happened around 13:55 hours on Solwezi-Mutanda road at Kandemba area.
He said the accident happened after the driver of a Toyota D 600 truck registration number AAH 2270 identified as David Mujimba, 24 of Solweziâ€™s Kyawama Township failed to keep to his lane and hit into an oncoming Toyota Hiace minibus registration number ACT 2905 which was being driven by Luckson Mateyo of Wamami area in Solwezi.
â€œDue to the impact of the accident also, one unknown person who was the conductor of the same minibus died upon arrival at Solwezi General Hospital after sustaining fatal head injuries,â€ Mr Sibote said.
He also said both vehicles were extensively damaged and that Mujimba is currently in police custody charged for the offence of causing death by dangerous driving and will appear in court soon.
In Mansa, an 11-year-old boy died after being hit by a vehicle as he was trying to cross the road, reports NANCY SIAME.
Luapula Province Commissioner of Police Malcolm Mulenga said in an interview yesterday that the accident happened around 20:20 hours on ThursdayÂ Â at Samba village along the Mansa-Chembe road.
Mr Mulenga said the accident involved a government-registered Mitsubishi Pajero registration number GRZ 327CE which was being driven by Richard Kaonga, 37, of Mansaâ€™s Musenga Site and Service township.
â€œThe accident happened when the vehicle was moving from north to south and when it reached the said area, it hit a pedestrian who was trying to cross the road,â€ he said.
Mr Mulenga named the deceased as Elvis Muleya of Suburbs in Mansa, who died on the spot due to the impact.
He said the body of the deceased is in the Mansa General Hospital mortuary and the driver has been detained.
CAROLINE KALOMBE, Lusaka