By JANE MWANSA –
ROAD traffic accidents have reduced from 10 to five people dying in road carnage per day, Transport Minister Brian Mushimba has said.
Mr Mushimba, however, said the situation was still worrying despite the statistics recording the drop.
He said Government would continue to work on finding measures aimed at ending road carnage.
The minister said despite the signed Statutory Instruments (SI) and other measures, road carnage was at its peak.
Mr Mushimba was speaking at the weekend when he officiated at the hand-over of drums to Mufulira police by Zambia Association of Youth Contractors and Suppliers (ZAYCS) to help in traffic management.
“Over the last three years we were having about 10 deaths per day on our roads, and the numbers released by Zambia Police have reduced to five deaths per day, which is still too many. Therefore, long term measures such as improving road designs, markings and signage have been implemented while medium-term measures such as fatigue management among drivers has also been addressed,” the minister said.
Mr Mushimba said combating road carnage needed a multi-sectoral approach and participation as the Government would not work alone in ending the scourge.
ZAYCS president Thomas Kamawe said his organisation was ready to support and implement measures aimed at ending road accidents.