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Number of fatal road accidents increase is worrying- Banda

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RTSA Chief Executive Officer Gladwell Banda says he is concerned with the increase in the number of fatal road accidents that have occurred in the recent past in Zambia.

And Banda has also conveyed his condolences to the bereaved families for accident victims that died in separate traffic accidents in Chirundu, Petauke and Mwense districts.

In a statement issued by his Public Relations Manager Frederick Mubanga, Banda said it is heartbreaking to learn about the statistics of people that have died in road accidents in the past few weeks.

Number of fatal road accidents increase is worrying- Banda
Former Road Transport and Safety Agency chief executive officer Zindaba Soko leaves Lusaka Magistrates Court after he appeared on January 2, 2020 Picture by Tenson Mkhala

“We have witnessed tragedy accident in the recent past – with eight people dying in Petauke, five along the Chirundu – Lusaka road, six in a bus accident in Mwense and another five on the same day along the Mwense – Mansa road. Unfortunately, such accidents seem to have become a common phenomenon on our roads,” Banda said

Banda also disclosed that the country had recorded a 30% reduction of fatal accidents in the first half of 2020 as compared to the same period in 2019.
He said investigations have revealed that most of the recent road accidents have been as a result of human error, which can be controlled.

“Some instances of human error include excessive speed, drinking while driving, driver fatigue and wrong over-taking,” said Banda.

Source: Mwebantu

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