Festive season records fewer deaths, more injuries

06 Jan 2015 09:10am
WINDHOEK, 06 JAN(NAMPA) – More men compared to women lost their lives in road accidents during this festive season, says Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Motor Vehicle Fund (MVA) Rosalia Martins-Hausiku.
Martins-Hausiku said this at a media briefing here on Monday, when preliminary statistics of the Festive Season Road Safety Campaign - which kicked of 22 November 2015 and expected to end on 15 January 2015 - where released.
A total of 53 males have lost their lives compared to 22 females in the period between 22 November 2014 and 04 January 2015.
A total of 75 lives were lost on Namibia's roads during this period.The deaths occurred from 498 crashes that happened from the beginning of the campaign to date.
The MVA Fund statistics shows that the most gruesome accidents occurred in the Erongo region. Erongo however ranked third overall (12 per cent) in terms of the number of accidents recorded. It is preceded by Oshana with 14 percent, while Khomas recorded the highest accident rates at 33 percent.
More injuries have also been recorded during this period. About 980 people were injured in car accidents during the same period, constituting 547 men and 433 women.
Speaking at the briefing, Ambrosius Terspoor of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) attributed the cause of road crashes to reckless behaviour from road users, which includes non-adherence to speed limits.
“We can only do so much to save lives on our roads, but we cannot do it alone,” he said.
Martins-Hausiku urged travellers to plan their journeys in advance and cautioned families that the next two weeks will be critical as roads will be congested.