950 deaths on Namibian roads since 2015: MVA Fund

10 Sep 2016 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 10 SEP (NAMPA) - A total of 950 people died on Namibian roads over the last two years, the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund has revealed.
This represents 482 deaths recorded last year and 468 deaths between 01 January 2016 and 04 September 2016, representing two deaths each day.
Additionally, 5 110 injuries were recorded last year, and 4 819 so far this year.
MVA Fund Chief of Corporate Affairs Kapena Tjombonde announced the statistics during a media engagement here Friday.
Furthermore, the Fund recorded 2 897 accidents of all nature in 2015, and 2 774 thus far this year.
“We might be on the right way of saving lives but its volatile and we can only change that if we change our behaviour behind the wheel,” said Tjombonde.
She also revealed that 95 per cent of road accidents came as a result of pedestrians who defy traffic laws and regulations across the country.
In light of this, Tjombonde said the MVA will seek to collaborate with tertiary institutions across the country to roll out a national research campaign to establish the impact of road related deaths.
The study will be launched in due course.
Meanwhile, she expressed gratitude to traffic law-enforcement agencies within the country, the Namibia Road Safety Council (NRSC), Roads Authority and Government agencies in enhancing road safety awareness.
The NRCS launched a National Strategic Plan in 2011 in efforts to decrease road fatalities half by 2020.
Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, MVA Chief Executive Officer Rosalia Martins-Hausiku said self-regulation and enforcement is critical.
“Currently our research shows that we are losing two lives every day. Yes, we need law-enforcement but can we also start with policing ourselves. Why must we wait for a police officer to stop us or give us a fine?” asked Martins-Hausiku.