Festive Season Road Safety Campaign launch at Rundu

20 Nov 2016 19:10pm
RUNDU, 20 NOV (NAMPA) – The launch of the 2016/17 Festive Season Road Safety Campaign signals the beginning of stringent road safety collaborations to minimize carnage on Namibian roads.
Launching the annual campaign in Rundu on Sunday, Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA), Fanuel Uugwanga said in 2016, Namibia lost 597 people and injured 6 073 in 3 536 road accidents.
“The question is, are we winning the fight against road carnage,” he asked at the launch that also marked the observance of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.
He said stringent road safety collaborations will require the participation of everybody to realise three key objectives: intensify highway patrols and law enforcement visibility; enhance public information and education interventions; and improve emergency response capacity.
The launch of the campaign, he said, signals caution to all road users as high traffic volumes are expected on the roads with families traveling for holiday.
“During these times of increased traffic activity, road crashes also become a realistic possibility. Therefore, ensure that your vehicle is road worthy, take regular breaks, adhere to the speed limit, do not drink and drive and pedestrians should not cross the road when it is not safe to do so.”
Uugwanga said that as a nation, Namibians cannot talk about prosperity and poverty eradication as aspired in the Harambee Prosperity Plan if the current status quo of losing so many persons during their productive years continue unabated.
He thus advised Namibians to enjoy the festive season responsibly so that no lives are lost and everybody recharges to contribute to the country’s growth.
“The festive season offers us an opportunity to enjoy quality time with loved ones and reflect on the year that was but simultaneously to relax and recharge in order to meRUNDU, 20 NOV (NAMPA) – The launch of the 2016/17 Festive Season Road Safety Campaign signals the beginning of stringent road safety collaborations to minimise carnage on Namibian roads.
Launching the annual campaign in Rundu on Sunday, Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA), Fanuel Uugwanga said in 2016, Namibia lost 597 people with 6 073 injured in 3 536 road accidents.
“The question is, are we winning the fight against road carnage,” he asked at the launch that also marked the observance of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.
He said stringent road safety collaborations will require the participation of everybody to realise three key objectives; intensifying highway patrols and law enforcement visibility; enhancing public information and education interventions; and improving emergency response capacity.
The launch of the campaign, he said, signalled caution to all road users as high traffic volumes are expected on the roads with families travelling for holidays.
“During these times of increased traffic activity, road crashes also become a realistic possibility. Therefore, ensure that your vehicle is road worthy, take regular breaks, adhere to the speed limit, do not drink and drive and pedestrians should not cross the road when it is not safe to do so.”
Uugwanga said that as a nation, Namibians cannot talk about prosperity and poverty eradication as aspired to in the Harambee Prosperity Plan if the current status quo of losing so many persons during their productive years continues unabated.
He thus advised Namibians to enjoy the festive season responsibly so that no lives are lost and everybody recharges to contribute to the country’s growth.
“The festive season offers us an opportunity to enjoy quality time with loved ones and reflect on the year that was but simultaneously to relax and recharge in order to meaningfully participate and make our country a safer place to be.”
The campaign launch was attended by the Deputy Minister of Works and Transport James Sankwasa, Governor of Kavango East Region Dr Samuel Mbambo as well as the Mayor of Rundu Verna Sinimbo.
(NAMPA)
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