ZRST con­cerned with vul­ner­a­ble road users

Daily Nation Newspaper - - METRO -

By NA­TION REPORTER THE ma­jor­ity of peo­ple dy­ing on roads are vul­ner­a­ble road users such as pedes­tri­ans, cy­clists and mo­tor­cy­clists, Zam­bia Road Safety Trust (ZRST) Chair­man, Daniel Mwamba has ob­served.

Speak­ing in the wake of nu­mer­ous com­plaints from Lusaka res­i­dents re­gard­ing lack of speed humps on most roads, Mr Mwamba told the Daily Na­tion that road traf­fic ac­ci­dents were the third lead­ing causes of deaths be­hind malaria and HIV/AIDS.

Mr Mwamba said Zam­bia police re­ported that 2,206 peo­ple were killed in 2016 leav­ing an­other 15,000 in­jured with life threat­en­ing in­juries.

He said be­yond their im­me­di­ate health im­pli­ca­tions road traf­fic ac­ci­dents had con­sid­er­able so­cial and eco­nomic con­se­quences.

Mr Mwamba said road ac­ci­dents cost the coun­try K5 bil­lion a year and place an enor­mous bur­den on pub­lic re­sources such as health sys­tems.

He said the eco­nomic im­pact of road traf­fic ac­ci­dents were also felt at the fam­ily level eco­nom­i­cally and dis­ad­van­taged fam­i­lies.

Mr Mwamba said along with govern­ment the pri­vate sec­tor had in­ter­est in re­solv­ing the road safety prob­lem.

“The pri­vate sec­tor can help to re­duce the bur­den by ex­plor­ing the shared Knowl­edge, ex­pe­ri­ence, and ex­per­tise of com­pa­nies es­pe­cially some who main­tain global fleets, “he said.

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