53 road crashes recorded over Easter weekend

23 Apr 2014 12:40pm
WINDHOEK, 23 APR (NAMPA) – Fifty-three motor-vehicle crashes were recorded in the country over the past Easter weekend, with three fatalities - all females aged 15, 17 and 36.
The Motor-Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) said in a media statement on Tuesday that out of the 53 crashes, 17 were roll-overs, 10 were pedestrian-related accidents and five were head-rear collisions.
Twenty-seven of the vehicles involved in the crashes over the Easter break were pick-up vehicles, while 24 were sedans and seven buses.
The MVA’s Chief of Corporate Affairs Kapena Tjombonde highlighted a significant decrease in fatalities this year, compared to the same period last year when nine deaths were recorded.
“However, the number of road crashes increased by 13 per cent, and injuries slightly went up by two per cent,” she said.
The MVA statistics furthermore indicated that the Khomas Region recorded the highest number of road crashes with 21, followed by the Erongo Region with nine and the Omusati and Otjozondjupa regions with six and five crashes, respectively.
Tjombonde noted that young people were adversely affected by these road crashes, and urged road users to abide to road traffic regulations and play a positive role in ensuring a safe national roads’ network.