21 Jul 2015 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 21 JUL (NAMPA) The highest number of motor vehicle accidents is consistently recorded in the Khomas Region, placing it amongst Namibias crash hot spot zones along with the Erongo, Otjozondjupa and Oshana regions.
This is according to a statement containing the latest road crash data collated by the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) and issued by Kapena Tjombonde, the MVA's chief corporate affairs officer, on Tuesday.
According to the latest statistics, the Khomas Region records an average of 133 crashes, at least 180 injuries and nine fatalities per month.
The Erongo Region is in second place with a monthly average of 39 crashes, 68 injuries and six fatalities.
The Oshana Region is third with an average of 33 crashes, 61 injuries and five fatalities, while the Otjozondjupa Region records an average of 30 crashes, 63 injuries and eight fatalities monthly.
The statement said a total of 321 crashes were reported last month, 139 of which occurred in Khomas, accounting for 43 per cent of the total record.
The statistics indicate that 54 per cent of these accidents took place during weekends. Fifty-nine per cent of the crashes were recorded between 14h00 and 23h59.
The same region recorded the highest number of injuries during the period under review (June 2015) with a total of 248 (41 per cent) of the 603 injuries recorded countrywide.
Furthermore, the month of June 2015 recorded 46 fatalities, seven of which were recorded in the Khomas Region. Eight people died in Oshana, six in Erongo and five in Hardap.
The accidents most reported in Khomas are head-on, swipe-rear, and head-rear collisions.
Data has also consistently indicated that pedestrian-related crashes are rife in the Khomas Region, with 40 such crashes recorded in the region in June 2015 alone in which two people died.
This particular phenomenon has placed the Khomas Region amongst the pedestrian risk zones in the country.
In addition, 20 vehicles were involved in roll-overs.
Windhoek is home to 149 644 registered vehicles, which represents 46 per cent of the country's vehicle population. This gives rise to probable fatal road crashes due to the various factors such as congestion particularly during peak hours.
With a population of approximately 322 500 residents (Census Report 2014), Windhoek accounts for 16 per cent of the total Namibian population.
This indicates that the capital city bears a high burden of road accidents and consequent effects in relation to its level of motorisation.
The growing number of accidents in the Khomas Region has triggered concern among road safety partners in the country.
In an effort to remedy the Khomas Region road crash issue and to ensure the safety of the region's road-using public, the MVA Fund started a mini-bus campaign in mid-May aimed at ensuring the road worthiness of public transport vehicles; as well as looking at driver fitness and inculcating general road safety.
The fund was supported by the Namibian Police Force; City Police; Roads Authority; Namibia Public Passenger Transport Association (NPPTA); Namibia Bus and Taxi Association (NABTA); and the National Roads Safety Council (NRSC) and ended in mid-June.
The campaign amongst others observed traffic violations such as mini-bus drivers keeping unsafe following distances; not dimming their lights; speeding and wrongfully overtaking.
The findings of the intervention will assist in formulating effective short and long-term road safety programmes and public education activities to curtail avoidable deaths and injuries in the Khomas Region.
From January 2015 until 19 July 2015, 374 lives were lost in 2 202 crashes on Namibia's roads, leaving 3 838 people with various degrees of injuries.
The statistics indicate that crashes increased by 19, injuries by 543 and fatalities by 12 in comparison to the same period in 2014, a situation which calls for all road users to take responsibility for their safety on the road.
The Motor Vehicle Accident Fund calls on the inhabitants and visitors to the Khomas Region to exercise patience and caution in order to effectively share the road with other road users. If we all collaborate on the road safety in Windhoek, we would have alleviated 50 per cent of the carnage, read the statement.