The Zambian Road Safety Trust says children are the most vulnerable road users and there is need for motorists to take extra caution for children who are pedestrians.
ZRST member Alan Chisi said the judgment of children crossing the road was limited hence the need for drivers to be extra careful.
‘’We have noticed that children are the most vulnerable road users and therefore there is need for motorists to take extra caution for children who are pedestrians; the judgment of children crossing the road is limited,’’ he said.
‘’It would be regrettable if children, in case of an accident and serious injury, were subjected to huge costs in order to maintain their health for the rest of their lives because they were hit by a vehicle and survived, ‘’ he said.
He said that was why it was important for motorists to ensure that children using the road were protected from being knocked down.
The number of road traffic accidents in Zambia almost doubled in the last six years, according to the latest road safety study covering the period 2008 to 2013.
The study further revealed that accidents have continued to rise at nine percent per annum while the fatality rate has been increasing at 10 percent.