18 died while 118 others sustained injuries in different road accidents during the just ended long holiday.
Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo disclosed in a statement to Mwebantu that this is out of the total 236 accidents recorded during the same period.
“During the 2020 Heroes and Unity holiday, a total number of 236 Road Traffic accidents were recorded of which 14 were Fatal in which 18 persons were killed, 20 were serious road traffic accidents in which 36 persons were seriously injured, 52 were Slight road traffic accidents in which 82 persons were slightly injured,” Katongo revealed.
Katongo said Lusaka Province recorded the highest number of road traffic accidents with 117, one death, three persons seriously injured while 22 suffered slight injuries, followed by Copperbelt with 33 road traffic accidents, two deaths and nine persons slightly injured.
Katongo said Central Province was third with 25 road traffic accidents, five deaths, seven seriously injured and four slightly injured, followed by Southern Province with 13 road traffic accidents with six persons seriously injured and 11 slightly injured.
She said Eastern Province had 18 road traffic accidents with eight deaths, seriously injured and 10 slightly injured, and Northern Province had four road traffic accidents with one death recorded, three persons seriously injured and nine slightly injured.
She added that North Western Province recorded four road traffic accidents with two persons slightly injured, Luapula had 10 road traffic accidents with four persons seriously injured and 10 slightly injured, Western Province had seven road traffic accidents with two persons sustaining slight injuries and four slightly injured while Muchinga Province recorded five road traffic accident with one death, four persons seriously injured while one was slightly injured.
And Katongo said the reduction in road traffic accidents during Heroes and Unity Holiday of 2020 as compared to 2019 can be attributed to restricted movements in the advent of COVID 19 as well as the presence of Traffic Police officers on major roads and accident prone areas.