28 Aug 2013 07:30
WINDHOEK, 28 AUG (NAMPA) - A slight reduction in road crashes and injuries were recorded over the just-ended Heroes' Day long weekend compared to the previous two years.
According to data collated by the Motor-Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) and availed to Nampa on Wednesday morning, road crashes have reduced by 26 per cent, while injuries fell by 58 per cent during the period under review.
Fourty-two road crashes were recorded by the MVA during this year's Heroes Day long weekend.
Last year 57 crashes were reported, and in 2011, 51.
The number of injuries decreased from 137 last year to 58 this year. In 2011, 104 injuries were reported.
Fatalities have increased by one this year from six fatalities during 2012. In 2011, eight fatalities were recorded.
Three people lost their lives on Oshikoto regional roads, while the Oshana, Otjozondjupa, Khomas and Ohangwena regions recorded one fatality each.
As per fatality by gender, six men and one woman perished in road crashes during the Heroes' Day long weekend this year, while in 2012, five men and one woman died.
This year, the Khomas Region recorded the highest number of crashes with 13, followed by Erongo with seven, while Oshikoto and Otjozondjupa recorded six crashes each.
The Ohangwena and Oshana regions recorded three crashes, while Hardap and //Karas had one crash each, and Omusati two.
No crashes were reported to the MVA from the Zambezi, Omaheke, Kunene, Kavango-West and Kavango-East regions.
The MVA further said roll-overs and collisions (head-on, side-swipe and head-rear) were the main types of crashes reported during the long weekend, with 18 cases of roll-overs and 16 cases of collisions.
It is reported that pedestrians accounted for eight cases of collisions during the long weekend, while five incidents were a result of collisions with animals on national roads.