Lusaka – Zambian Police said on Tuesday in Lusaka that road traffic accidents in Zambia claimed 1,028 lives in the first half of 2015.
According to the police figures, the country recorded about 16,400 road traffic accidents during the period under review with 50 per cent of those killed being pedestrians.
“Pedestrians deaths made up 50 per cent of road deaths in the first quarter of the year and 48 per cent of road deaths in the second quarter,” it said.
Meanwhile the Zambian Road Safety Trust (ZRST), a local lobby group that seeks to create awareness on road safety issues, has called for focus on improving the safety of vulnerable road users.
Daniel Mwamba, the organisation’s chairperson said the road casualty figures for the first and second quarters of 2015 were a wakeup call that more needed to be done to make the country’s roads safer.
Zambian authorities have targeted to reduce road traffic accidents by 50 per cent by 2020. (Xinhua/NAN)