Road fatalities increased in 2013/2014 festive season: NamPol

18 Jan 2014 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 18 JAN (NAMPA) - A slight increase in road accident fatalities was recorded during the 2013/2014 festive season compared to last year over the same period.
The number of crashes and injuries on the national roads have however decreased during the period under review.
According to data collated by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Traffic Law Enforcement Unit and availed to Nampa on Friday afternoon, the fatality rate increased slightly during the 2013/2014 period, with 10 more deaths recorded when compared to the 2012/2013 festive season.
A total of 104 fatalities were recorded during the past festive season in comparison to 94 recorded in the 2012/2013 festive season.
It is also reported that the movement of vehicles on the national roads during this festive season was very high in the northern and western parts of the country.
The number of injuries reported on national roads during 2012/2013 totalled 1 221, while last year injuries stood at 967.
During the 2012/2013 festive season, police recorded 572 crashes on national roads compared to the 429 which were reported during the 2013/2014 festive season.
The Head of NamPol's Traffic Law Enforcement Unit, Deputy Commissioner Ralph Ludwig told a media briefing on Friday that roll-overs, collisions (head-on, side-swipe and chain), cyclists ran over and pedestrians were the main causes of fatalities and crashes reported during the two periods under review.