NamPol releases festive season accident statistics

05 Dec 2017 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 05 N0V (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) has released a report on motor vehicle road accidents which occurred during festive seasons over the past three years.
In a press release issued on Tuesday, NamPol spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi stated that during the 2014 to 2015 festive season, a total 614 road accidents were recorded, in which 97 people died and 1 261 injured.
In 2015 to 2016, the number of accidents reported were 589 and 112 people lost their lives while 1 233 sustained injuries.
For the 2016-2017 festive season, the statistics increased to 677 road accidents, 144 fatalities and 1 313 injuries.
Kanguatjivi said that all these accidents occurred within a period of about 45 days each festive season for the past three years.
He also announced that since this year’s Festive Season Road Safety and Crime Prevention Campaign started, from 27 November until 03 December, a number of 23 lives have been lost in 57 motor vehicle accidents countrywide.
“NamPol has increased police presence on all major national roads, especially on the B1 and B2 highways in an effort to reduce the number of accidents for the remaining festive season ahead,” said Kanguatjivi.