ZRST concerned with vulnerable road users
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.