18 Sep 2015 10:40am
WINDHOEK, 18 SEP (NAMPA) - Road traffic injuries have become one of the main causes of fatalities among young people in Namibia.
It is reported that young people are consistently the hardest hit in road crash fatalities and injuries, amongst others putting a worrisome strain on the national economy.
Namibia can no longer afford to lose its productive citizens in this preventable manner.
This was the observation of the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund's Chief of Corporate Affairs, Kapena Tjombonde as she made public the latest statistics recorded by the MVA Fund Call Centre during the month of August this year on Friday.
According to Tjombonde, the records of road crashes at the MVA Fund Call Centre last month indicate that once again, the youth of the country were not spared the wrath of road crashes as 56 per cent of 46 recorded fatalities in August 2015 are young people up to the age of 35 years.
These were young people in the prime of their lives and poised to become the leaders and economic drivers of the country.
With regard to the distribution of the recorded fatalities per region during August, the Erongo, Oshana and Otjozondjupa regions' roads each claimed seven lives, followed by Khomas and Kavango with five each, while Omusati and Oshikoto each accounted for four fatalities.
The afternoon and evening hours were the notorious times for accidents, with 204 crashes occurring between 14h00 and 23h59.
Furthermore, road crash data shows that 351 road crashes occurred in August 2015, injuring a substantial 642 persons, the highest number of injuries for the year thus far.
In comparison to August 2014, crashes and injuries increased by eight per cent.
Meanwhile, the MVA Fund Call Centre has noted a significant reduction of 78 per cent in road fatalities during August 2015 in comparison to the same month last year, where 82 lives were lost in road crashes, with 46 fatalities recorded this year.
In August 2015, road crash fatalities were also 31 per cent lower than the July record of 67 deaths.
Needless to say, if left unhindered, the spiralling road deaths and injuries will be a significant barrier to the development of the country. Thus, the MVA Fund makes a plea to the Namibian nation to adjust their road use patterns to preserve lives and productivity of the Namibian people. Let us be vigilant at all times, wear seatbelts and drive within specified speed limits, advised Tjombonde.