08 Dec 2014 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 08 DEC (NAMPA) - The Khomas Region recorded the highest number of road accidents over the past two weeks.
The Motor-Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA Fund) said in a statement issued on Monday that 81 road accidents were recorded the Khomas Region from 22 November to 07 December 2014.
The Erongo Region had 25 accidents, Oshana 13, Otjozondjupa 12, and Ohangwena nine.
The Omusati and Hardap regions recorded eight accidents each, while the Oshikoto Region recorded five, followed by the Zambezi Region with three.
The Kunene, Kavango East and West, and //Karas regions all recorded two accidents each, while the Omaheke Region had only one accident.
This is a total of 171 accidents. Last year over the same period 203 crashes were recorded.
A total of 14 people lost their lives during this period, while 270 sustained serious injuries in these accidents.
The 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 people lost their lives in road crashes during the 2012/2013 festive season only, which was the highest fatality rate in five years.
So far, a total of 554 people have lost their lives in road accidents since the beginning of this year.
Earlier last 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. It is expected to run until 15 January 2015.
The campaign was launched in collaboration with the Namibia Road Safety Council (NRSC) and the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)