Stop, pedestrian crossing
A total of 402 pedestrians were involved in accidents between January and March 2013.
Out of the 402 accidents recorded, there were 32 deaths and 174 injuries, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the MVA Fund James Nyandoro.
Speaking at the official launch of the pedestrian safety crash, Nyandoro notes that Khomas and Kavango have recorded the highest crashes.
“In Windhoek, the Western Bypass, Independence Avenue and Monte Christo Road have become notorious for these types of crashes.
“The vulnerable group is the 10-35 years old which include school going children and construction workers that cross highways in the mornings,” he says.
During the same period under review, pedestrians’ crashes accounted for 29% of all crashes that occurred in Namibia translating to 1034 crashes in which people are directly hit by motor vehicles, added Nyandoro.
“These bleak statistics are indisputable proof that we have a serious challenge on our hands. Unfortunately, this is not a problem we can pass on to the next person because at one point or another, each one of us is a pedestrian. This is why the pedestrian safety campaign is such a crucial intervention,” he stresses
In line with the UN Global Road Safety week, the MVA Fund thought it prudent to roll out an intensive campaign to firstly highlight the critical challenge presented by pedestrian-related crashes and secondly to educate road users on how to better protect themselves and others by contributing to the prevention of crashes on our road.
The pedestrian Road Safety Week kicks off today until 12 May.
Minister of Works and Transport Erkki Nghimtina also emphasises on the fact that pedestrian crashes are preventable and that efforts from the government, institutions such as MVA Fund and others committed stakeholders have made great strides in bringing road safety to the fore, but yet more is still needed to be done.
“I, therefore, implore each and every road user to change their behaviour and attitude on the road. But we need to do more than just initiate the change in our homes, schools, workplaces and communities at large,” he emphasises.