Road users urged to obey traffic rules

05 Mar 2015 08:10am
WINDHOEK, 04 FEB (NAMPA) – The Motor-Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund has urged road users to adopt a safe road use behaviour in order to prevent loss of lives.
It said factors such as overtaking more than one vehicle at once, impatience amongst road users, speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs are the main contributors of crashes.
The fund thus appealed to drivers, passengers and pedestrians to abide to all road signs and regulations.
The MVA, in a media statement issued on Tuesday, advised pedestrians to be on the lookout for vehicles and only cross roads at designated points and most importantly, when it is safe to do so.
“Road users and players in road safety should put in more effort in order to maintain a safe road culture in Namibia,” it said.
Meanwhile, there has been a decrease in the number of road crashes, injuries and fatalities between 23 February and 01 March 2015 as opposed to the same period last year.
The number of crashes decreased by 15 per cent - from 99 over the same period last year to 84 this year.
Injuries and fatalities also decreased by 17 per cent and 21 per cent, respectively.
Although the figures show a significant reduction, the impact of these crashes left some people with life-changing injuries and others lost their lives.
Meanwhile, the Khomas Region recorded the highest number of crashes with a total of 32, followed by Otjozondjupa with 13, while Ohangwena, Hardap, //Karas and Zambezi all recorded one road crash each.