Pedestrian accidents worrying: MVA

07 Mar 2014 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 07 MAR (NAMPA) – The number of pedestrian accidents in Namibia is disturbing, the Motor-Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund says.
Speaking during a debriefing session about the past festive season’s road safety campaign which took place under theme ‘Mind the consequences of speed’ on Wednesday, MVA Senior Research and Data Officer Albertina Mbango raised the concern about the uptick of pedestrian deaths on the country’s roads.
“Accidents involving pedestrians are a matter of concern, especially in the Khomas, Erongo and Ohangwena regions. About two cases are reported each day,” she stated.
The MVA Fund, the National Road Safety Council and the Namibian Police Force collaboratively wrapped-up the festive season road safety campaign, which took place from 22 November 2013 to 15 January 2014.
According to a report issued after the campaign, a total of 122 accidents involving pedestrians were reported during 2013/2014, compared to 96 cases in 2012/2013.
This figure represents a total of 27 per cent of accidents in 2013/2014, compared to 17 per cent in 2012/2013.
Meanwhile, roll-overs of vehicles topped the list for the types of recorded crashes during the campaign.
During 2013/2014, a total of 149 cases were reported, compared to 205 during 2012/2013.
According to the statistics, a total of 429 crashes were also reported during the 2013/2014 festive season period, compared to 572 during 2012/2013.
Fatalities amounted to 104, compared to 94 the previous year.
People injured were 967 during 2013/2014, compared to 1 221 during the 2012/2013 festive period.
The Otjozondjupa Region had the highest accident rates, followed by the Omusati, Oshana, Khomas and Kavango regions.
Otjozondjupa recorded 21 accidents during 2013/2014, compared to 18 during 2012/2013; Omusati had 12 during 2013/2014 compared to seven during 2012/2013; Oshana recorded nine during 2013/2014 compared to seven during 2012/2013, while Khomas recorded nine during 2013/2014 compared to seven during 2012/2013; and Kavango nine cases during 2013/2014, compared to six during 2012/2013.
The lowest accident rate per region during the 2013/2014 festive season period included Zambezi Region (three), followed by Kunene (three) and Omaheke (four).
The Hardap Region recorded five accidents, followed by Oshikoto with six accidents and Karas with seven accidents during 2013/2014 festive season period.