Motor Vehicle Accident Fund records 63 crashes over past week
The MVA Fund Call Centre recorded 63 crashes during the past week from Monday, 16 to Sunday 22 February 2015 in which 109 people sustained different levels of injuries and 2 people were killed.
Pedestrians account for a great proportion of road fatalities ranking in the top three of road user classification. In terms of types of crashes, pedestrians and rollovers accounted for 29% each, of the total number of crashes recorded during the past week. A total of 18 pedestrian-related crashes and 18 rollovers were reported to the MVA Fund Call Centre from 16 to 22 February 2015.
“The Fund therefore appeals to pedestrians to cross streets safely, that is at crosswalks and obeying traffic signals. Pedestrians should in addition not be dressed in dark colours, particularly at night, to be more visible to the drivers. In the same vein, drivers are cautioned to be on the lookout and give right of way to pedestrians, and especially at the pedestrian crossings,” said MVA Chief of Corporate Affairs, Kapena Tjombonde.
The MVA fund also cautioned drivers to duly focus on the road, check their vehicles for road worthiness, particularly the conditions of their tires, drive to the conditions of the roads and weather, and rest well enough prior to embark on journeys. As been consistently so, the Khomas Region once again recorded the highest number of crashes this past week with a total of 36 crashes, followed by the Otjozondjupa Region and Oshana Regions with 7 each while Erongo recorded 5.
Pedestrians as vulnerable road users as well as rollovers continue to be a cause for concern in the country. As per data at the MVA Fund Call Centre, pedestrians and rollovers accounted for 18 of the recorded crashes this past week respectively, followed by collisions with 15 while 10 crashes are still under investigation. For the year-up-to-date from 1 January to 22 February 2015 crashes decreased by 4%, injuries decreased by 18% while fatalities increased by 9%.