Eight fatalities over Independence weekend: MVA

26 Mar 2014 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 26 MAR (NAMPA) – Eight people died in road accidents during the just-ended Independence long weekend.
This is according to a media statement availed to Nampa by the Motor-Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund on Wednesday.
This figure is 33 per cent higher than the six fatalities recorded over the same period last year.
Of the eight deceased persons, three were aged between 21 and 40, while another three were in the 46 to 70 age group.
Two of the accident victims’ ages are not known.
Although fatalities increased during this year’s Independence long- weekend when compared to last year, the MVA Fund also noted a significant reduction in road accidents and injuries over the past weekend, as opposed to the previous two years.
The number of road accidents decreased by 34 per cent, while injuries decreased by 56 per cent.
In terms of injuries, MVA call centre data indicated that the level of injuries sustained during the independence long-weekend ranged from mild to serious.
The records also revealed that accidents involving pedestrians were the main types of accidents reported over the long weekend in the last two years.
Pedestrians as vulnerable road users accounted for eight accidents over the past weekend, while 15 pedestrian-related accidents were reported in 2013.
Roll-overs were also a concern, as seven incidents were reported, while last year’s Independence weekend recorded 15 cases.
Collisions also featured heavily, with nine recorded - the same number as last year.
A total of 33 road accidents were reported to the MVA Fund Call Centre over the long weekend – a reduction of 17 in comparison to the same period last year.
Fifty accidents were recorded in 2013, and 33 in 2014.
The Khomas and Erongo Regions recorded the highest number of accidents with 13 and nine, respectively, while the Omusati, //Karas, Ohangwena and Omaheke regions did not record any accidents.
The Erongo Region recorded the most fatalities, as four people lost their lives there over the weekend.
The Hardap, Zambezi, Oshikoto and Otjozondjupa regions recorded one fatality each, while no fatalities were recorded in the //Karas, Khomas, Oshana, Kunene, Omusati, Omaheke, Ohangwena and Kavango Regions.