19 Jan 2015 18:20pm
WINDHOEK 19 JAN (NAMPA) The Motor-Vehicle Fund (MVA Fund) deems the 2014/2015 festive season road safety campaign as a success.
The MVAs Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rosalia Martins-Hausiku said this during a media briefing of the preliminary results of the 2014/2015 festive season campaign here on Monday.
The campaign started on 22 November 2014, and ended on 15 January 2015.
The campaign has seen a reduction in fatalities, while injuries and the number of crashes increased compared to the previous year, she said.
A total of 97 people lost their lives in road accidents, compared to 115 during the same period last year.
The total represents 68 men (70 per cent).
Most of the fatalities were recorded in the Erongo Region with 18 per cent; Oshikoto (12 per cent), the two Kavango regions (11 per cent), while Omusati and Oshana region recorded 10 per cent each.
However, the number of injured people increased with 19 per cent. In 2013/2014, 1 056 people were injured, compared to the 1 261 this past festive season.
A total of 30 per cent were seriously injured, which resulted in high hospital and medical expenses for the Fund.
The MVA said that the 614 crashes which occurred during the festive season were all caused by roll-overs, mostly caused by poor driving skills, irresponsible overtaking and driving during the night.
The regions were most of the crashes were recorded are Khomas with 33 per cent, followed by Oshana and Erongo with 13 per cent each, Otjozondjupa 10 per cent, and Oshikoto seven per cent.
The just-ended road safety campaign took place in collaboration with the Namibia Road Safety Council (NRSC) and the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) under the theme Your Destination, A Reward for Safe Driving. Pledge to Arrive Alive.