LUSAKA, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- An organization that promotes road safety in Zambia on Thursday expressed concern over the rising cases of road traffic deaths recorded in the third quarter of this year.
According to figures released by the police, a total of 483 people died in 7,756 road traffic accidents recorded during the quarter, from 434 deaths that occurred during the same period last year.
The Zambia Road Safety Trust said the increase in road fatalities was a source of concern which has to be addressed.
"Despite a precipitous drop in traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of people killed in car collisions this year in Zambia is now more than it was at this point in 2019, an alarming 11 percent rise in fatalities," Daniel Mwamba, the organization's chairperson said.
He said the increase was tragic and unacceptable which requires fast action, adding that collective government response shown in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic should be used to address issues of road traffic accidents.
The lessons from the unified, national response to COVID-19 provide real hope for developing a new national road safety strategy which is urgently needed to save lives, he added.
In a statement, police spokesperson Esther Mwaata-Katongo attributed the road traffic accidents recorded in the third quarter of 2020 to, among other things, excessive speeding, misjudging clearance distance and failing to keep to the nearside. Enditem