Road accidents on the rise this festive season

25 Nov 2014 10:20am
WINDHOEK, 25 NOV (NAMPA) – The Khomas Region has recorded the highest number of road accidents over the past weekend.
According to statistics released on Monday by the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA Fund), the Khomas Region recorded the highest number of accidents at 19 over the past weekend, followed by the Erongo Region with six.
The Oshikoto and Hardap regions recorded three accidents each; Ohangwena and Oshana reported two accidents each; while the Otjozondjupa, Kunene and Omaheke regions recorded one accident each.
In total, 38 accidents were recorded during the past weekend, with 48 people sustaining serious injuries. Five people lost their lives in these accidents.
The number of accidents on Namibian roads could increase over the coming festive season if motorist are not cautious and/or do not adhere to traffic regulations.
MVA Fund statistics show that Namibia has so far recorded around 13 000 car accidents over the past five years. More than 2 000 people lost their lives in these accidents and over 21 000 people sustained injuries.
Comparatively, the year 2012 saw the highest number of injuries and fatalities over that five-year period, with 3 547 accidents and 561 fatalities.
Ninety-four (94) people lost their lives in road crashes during the 2012/2013 festive season, which was the highest fatality rate in five years.
So far, 540 people have lost their lives in road accidents since the beginning of this year.
Earlier this month, the MVA Fund launched the 2014/2015 road safety campaign under the theme – “Your Destination, a Reward for Safe Driving. Pledge to Arrive Alive”.
The campaign was launched in collaboration with the Namibia Road Safety Council (NRSC) and the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)
Speaking at the launch, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Transport (MWT), Peter Mwatile pointed out that the success of the road safety campaign lies in the hands of each road user.
“We all individually and collectively need to be aware of the devastating consequences of speeding. I would like to encourage every Namibian to make a personal contribution towards saving lives this festive season by pledging to obey all traffic regulations,” said Mwatile.
This year’s campaign kicked off this past Saturday and is expected to run until 15 January 2015.