Poor choices that change lives on Zambian roads

THE Road Safety Trust (ZRST) has called on all road users to reflect on their behaviour and attitude as Government pushes to reduce death and serious injuries on Zambian roads.

The new Minister of Transport and Communication Brian Mushimba urged the Road Transport and

Safety Agency (RTSA) and the police to carry out an audit and take measures that would stop the ‘‘unacceptable behaviour’’ that leads to road crashes.

Along with road sector agencies, ZRST was giving its full backing to the newly appointed minister’s call

for new measures to improve road safety, as road crashes reach a new record – killing more than 1,000 people in the first half of 2016.

The roads are where the crashes occur, where the wind shields are shattered, where the injuries are violent and where lives are forever changed.

ZRST has noted that most of these crashes were as a result of individuals who have made poor choices when it comes to distracted driving, drinking or using drugs, impaired driving or getting in the vehicle with an unqualified driver and not wearing a seat belt.

Zambia Road Safety Trust chairperson Daniel Mwamba said: “Individuals are given choices, but what we see in most road crashes is irresponsible actions played out, the importance and value of their own lives and how poor choices impact others.

“The power that comes from making the right choices, from choosing not to drink and drive, from choosing to wear a seat belt, these have consequences that come with their actions.

“By getting road users to think about their actions, even if only for a few minutes, we could drive down the number of needless and devastating accidents.

In 2015, 2,100 people were killed on Zambian roads, with over 15,000 others seriously injured, many with life-changing injuries.

ZRST has suggested a road safety strategy to help prevent deaths and life-changing injuries.