Fatal crashes decrease
The Motor Vehicle Accident Fund has revealed that a total of 492 fatalities were recorded on Namibian roads from the 1st of January to the 2nd of December this year, compared to 693 recorded last year.
However more people were injured in crashes this year with 6 562 recorded compared to 5 431 injuries recorded during the same period last year.
Crashes this year stand at 3 385 compared to 3 729 recorded last year during the same period.
MVA Fund chief executive officer, Rosalia Martins-Hausiku, also said that crashes declined by 9%; injuries by 18 % and fatalities by 31 %.
“Indeed, these numbers are indicative of the fact that as a nation we are making steady progress in reducing the number of crashes and resultant injuries and fatalities. I would like to attribute this positive trend to enhanced collaboration between road safety partners as well as the general public who seem to take the issue of road safety seriously and is willing to fight against death on our roads.”
“Furthermore, the Fund continually strives together with relevant stakeholders and partners, to find implementable solutions to an issue, which is threatening to become the number one cause of death in Namibia. It is with this momentum that together with our road safety partners, the Fund urges other corporates from both the public and private sectors to come on board in contributing towards the overall sponsorship of this campaign,” she said.
Martins-Hausiku also announced at the launch of the festive season road safety campaign that MVA Fund has set a total budget of N$500 000 towards a collaborative campaign with the Road Fund Administration, Namibia Police, Namibia Road Safety Council and Roads Authority of Namibia.