National road accidents total 247 during festive season

05 Jan 2016 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 05 JAN (NAMPA) – Nine people died in road accidents between 22 and 30 December 2015, the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) said.
Statistics of the festive season collated by NamPol indicate that four fatal accidents were recorded in the Karas Region, whereas the Caprivi, Kavango, Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshikoto regions recorded one fatality each during this period.
A total of 247 accidents were recorded during that period.
NamPol spokesperson, Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi said during a media briefing on Sunday the Khomas Region recorded the highest number of road accidents (56), with Otjozondjupa recording 37 and the two Kavango Regions (East and West) also 37.
The lowest number of accidents was recorded in the Hardap Region – two, involving slight injuries only.
One police and seven Government vehicles were involved in accidents during the festive period.
The Force also indicated that a notable number of road accidents during the 2015 festive period involved animals (17) fixed objects (11) and four crashes involved cyclists. Six road accidents involved pedestrians.
No foreign cars, motorcycles or trains were involved in accidents during the same period.
Meanwhile, preliminary statistics provided by the Motor-Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund for 01 to 31 December 2015 indicated a decrease in road accidents compared to 2014.
The Fund recorded a total of 328 accidents last year, compared to 395 in 2014, with 179 people injured in 2015 and 914 people injured in 2014.
Figures provided also indicate that there were 43 fatalities reported to the fund in 2015, while 65 fatalities were recorded in 2014.
The MVA Fund's Chief of Corporate Communications, Kapena Tjombonde said the MVA will provide a comprehensive final analysis of road accidents in mid-January.
(NAMPA)
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