Pedestrian fatalities drop

16 Mar 2017 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 16 MAR (NAMPA) – Despite pedestrian fatalities showing a decrease last week compared to the same period last year, on average two people still get run over every day countrywide.
No pedestrian fatalities were recorded between 06 and 12 March 2017, while last year over the same period five fatalities were recorded, the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) said in a media statement issued on Thursday.
Accidents involving pedestrians still accounted for 27 per cent of the total number of crashes recorded by the MVA however.
From 06 to 12 March 2017, 60 accidents and 121 injuries were recorded.
Last year, besides the five fatalities, 88 injuries and 81 accidents were recorded.
“This substantial decline in pedestrian-related fatalities contribute to the 60 per cent decline in overall fatalities recorded for the week,” the statement said.
The MVA urged drivers and pedestrians to be more vigilant and attentive to minimise pedestrian collisions, saying factors such as negligence, speeding and visibility all contribute to such accidents.
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