NamPol records 66 crashes over Easter weekend

05 Apr 2018 18:20pm

Accidents recorded over the Easter weekend slightly remained the same as recorded in the previous year, with 66 crashes recorded now, the Namibian Police (NamPol) confirmed.

There was however a decrease in the number of fatalities with only 5 recorded dead, as compared to last year when 18 people perished in vehicle accidents during the same period.

Statistics further indicated that during the Easter weekend NamPol recorded less injuries totaling 70 while in 2017; 177 were recorded and 160 in 2016.

The public relations officer of NamPol, warrant officer Immanuel Lazarus, said that Namibians are now doing a great job by adhering to rules and regulation as far as road user safety is concerned.

“It is really good that we have reduced our recordings on road accidents especially when it comes to fatalities. It shows maturity and we appreciate the effort our people have put in to avoid accidents. We as the police will do more so that these records will come to zero. We do not want our people to lose any life neither do we want them to get injured on our roads any more. We have suffered enough from these road accidents in the past as a nation. We are now becoming a mature nation,” he said. 

However, Motor Vehicle Accident Fund statistics indicate that from the 1st of January to the 18th of March 2018 a reduction in car crashes was recorded. Statistics also show that during the same period in 2017; 784 crashes were recorded compared to 663 in 2018.

Statistics further indicate that between the 1st  of January and the 18th of March in 2017; 1143 crashes were recorded while in 2018 only 999 crashes were recorded during the same period. 

During that period, in 2018 the MVA recorded that 104 people died as a result of car crashes while during the same period in 2017 a total number of 115 people perished.