THE Zambia Police Service says 101 road accidents were reported over the New Year holiday.
Public relations officer Esther Mwaata Katongo said 13 were fatal accidents in which 13 persons were killed, while 15 were serious road traffic accidents in which 18 persons were seriously injured.
Sixteen were slight road accidents in which 19 persons were slightly injured and 57 were ‘damage only’ accidents.
Katongo said Lusaka Province recorded the highest number of road traffic accidents with 38 whilst Muchinga and Western provinces recorded the least with one and two accidents respectively.
She said in comparison with previous new year holiday of 2019, a total of 120 accidents were recorded as compared to 101 recorded this year.
“11 were fatal road traffic accidents in which 13 persons were killed in the 2019 new-year holiday as compared to 13 fatal road traffic accidents where 13 persons were killed in 2020. The records show an increase by 02 fatal road traffic accidents while the number of persons killed remains at 13,” she said.
“In year 2019, 14 road traffic accidents were recorded as serious accidents in which 15 persons were seriously injured as compared to 15 serious road traffic accidents where 18 persons were seriously injured in 2020 new-year holiday. The figure shows an increase by one serious road traffic accident and an increase by three persons seriously injured.”
Katongo said there were 33 slight road traffic accidents in 2019 where 35 persons were slightly injured as compared to 16 accidents where 19 persons were slightly injured in 2020.
And Katongo said K434,270 was raised in admission of guilt fines.