By Tufaheni Moses, the Villager Newspaper. Photo: Wikipedia Commons
This week the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund and the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) joined forces to celebrate the annual Road Safety Week campaign.
“We are all aware that as we approach the festive season, high traffic volumes are expected on the roads as people travel to their holiday destinations. During these times of increased traffic activity, road crashes also become a realistic possibility,” said Fanuel Uugwanga, MVA Fund Chief Human Capital.
The abovementioned organisations took resolve to advocate for a multi-sectoral, collaborative approach to road safety. They underlined law enforcement, emergency response, road design and public education as some of the aspects being used to achieve sustainable solutions to road safety.
Uugwanga appealed to road users to make a personal commitment to abide by the rules of the road as ultimately their safety is in their own hands.
Over the years, The MVA fund has built a mutually beneficial relationship with the Namibian Police and other law enforcement agencies.
“From our side as the MVA Fund, we would like to assure the nation that if all else fails; we are there to provide prompt assistance to every person injured in a road car crash. We will ensure that they are attended to by qualified paramedics, stabilised and transported to the nearest hospital for treatment. And that treatment will continue until they are successfully rehabilitated to return to productive life. All we ask is for all road accidents to be reported to our Call Centre by dialling our Accident Response Number 0819682,” he added.
Uugwanga encouraged all drivers to refrain from risky behaviour such as overtaking at blind spots, drive under the influence of alcohol and driving above the legal speed limits. He also suggested that drivers keep their headlines on during the day so they can be more visible to oncoming traffic.
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