Press Release by the MVA Fund
Road traffic injuries have become one of the causes of fatalities among young people in Namibia. Young people are consistently the hardest hit in road crash fatalities and injuries, putting worrisome strain on the national economy and causing pain and misery to family members who are left to grasp the sudden loss of their beloved ones. Namibia can no longer afford to lose its productive citizens in this quite preventable manner.
Records of road crashes at the MVA Fund Call Centre during August 2015 indicate that once again, the youth of the country were not spared from the wrath of the road, as 56% of 46 recorded fatalities in August 2015 are young people aged between 0 and 35. These were young people at the prime of their lives and poised to become leaders and economic drivers of the country.
With regard to the distribution of the recorded fatalities per region during August 2015, Erongo, Oshana and Otjozondjupa roads each claimed 7 lives, followed by Khomas and Kavango with 5 each, while Omusati and Oshikoto each accounted for 4 fatalities.
The afternoon and late evening hours were notorious times for road crashes with 204 crashes having occurred between 14:00 and 23:59 during the previous month.
Furthermore, road crash data shows that 351 road crashes occurred in August 2015, injuring a whopping 642 persons, the highest number of injuries for the year. In comparison to August 2014, crashes and injuries increased by 8% respectively.
Meanwhile, the MVA Fund Call Centre has noted a significant reduction of 78% in road fatalities during August 2015 in comparison to the same month last year, where 82 lives were lost in road crashes, with 46 fatalities recorded this year. In August 2015, road crash fatalities were also 31% lower than the July record of 67 deaths.
Needless to say, if left unhindered, the spiraling road deaths and injuries will be a significant barrier to the development of the country. Thus, the MVA Fund makes a plea to the Namibian nation to adjust their road use patterns to preserve lives and productivity of the Namibian people. Let us be on vigilant at all times, wear seatbelts and drive within specified speed limits.