Erongo Road Safety Forum launched

26 Oct 2013 13:00pm
SWAKOPMUND, 26 OCT (NAMPA) - Erongo Regional Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua says the main causes of accidents on Namibian roads are multitasking drivers and drivers who overtake trucks in a careless manner.
He said this during the official launch of the Erongo Regional Road Safety Forum here on Friday.
The establishment of the forum forms part of the objectives of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) to establish regional road safety forums in each region as a vital means to promote road safety in Namibia, thereby reducing collisions.
Mutjavikua said other major factors leading to road accidents are drunk driving and the poor condition of vehicles.
“Analysis of information gathered on road accidents shows that the direct causes are drivers not complying with traffic regulations, such as through cell phone use on the road, overtaking, drunken driving and the poor condition of vehicles. But the main cause of accidents is the attitude of the driver,” he indicated.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s 2011 road statistics Namibia was ranked 42nd in the world with regards to deaths caused by road accidents. The governor said the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) recorded 24.75 deaths per 100 000 people in 2011, which increased to 28.05 in 2012.
Mutjavikua said every year, not only during the festive season, traffic officers fight the battle of curbing road accidents, adding that changing the attitude of drivers, which goes hand-in-hand with their behaviour on the road, is the most difficult to do.
“It is the responsibility of the entire Namibian population to keep the roads safe, but haphazard actions by individuals and organisations have never and will never serve the purpose of securing safety on our roads,” he noted.
Mutjavikua said the Erongo Regional Road Safety Forum should be supported in its safety campaign, whether through people volunteering their time or funds, as road safety is not a “one man job”.