Over 200 perish in accidents since January

In what has so been a bloody carnage on the roads six months since the start of the year, the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund has already recorded 207 accident related deaths.

This comes in the eve of the tourism ministry and relevant stakeholders banding together to reduce road fatalities in order to rid the country of negative perception in its pursuit as a tourism destination.

However, the statistics indicate that fatalities have decreased compared to 313 cases recoded last year during the same period.

Statistical information further indicate that 1 700 crashes were recorded last year compared to 1 4575 recorded this year while 2 959 injuries were recorded last year compared to 2 422 recorded this year during the same period.

Crash statistics archives of the fund show that from 2012 to 2016 it has recorded 3 185 fatalities which represent 5.4 %; 20 264 road crashes representing 34.4 % and 35 434 injuries representing 60.2 %.

Meanwhile the fund recently launched the ‘Click for Life’ campaign which aims to inculcate a culture of safe travel with minimal injuries and less fatal crashes through the correct use of seat-belts.

Through this campaign, the fund intends to positively reinforce the correct use of seat-belts, educate road users on how to correctly install child car seats; child restraints as well as outline the benefits of using seat-belts.

The campaign is triggered by the World Health Organization (WHO) report that states that the correct use of safety-belts or child restraints reduces motor vehicle crash-related injuries and fatalities by 50%.

Additionally, the study conducted on ‘Safety-belt Compliance in Namibia’ in 2007 by Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) Namibia confirmed that the average driver compliance levels on safety-belt usage in Namibia is 40.7%.