Road crashes this week were 15% fewer than the 99 recorded during the same week in 2014.
However, injuries reduced by 26 in comparison to 156 of the same week in 2014 and fatalities reduced by 4, against 14 reported in 2014. The Motor Vehicle Accident Fund’s (MVA) Head of Corporate Communications, Mona-Liza Garises said the past week saw a notable decrease in road crashes, injuries and fatalities compared to the same week in 2014.
“A total of 84 crashes, 130 injuries and 11 fatalities were reported to the MVA Fund Call Centre during the past week. As per the types of crashes, rollovers proved worrisome once again. Records show that 30 (35%) of these crashes were rollovers, which can be attributed to loss control, 23 pedestrian-related crashes and 13 were as a result of collisions,” said Garises.
Garises added that the Namibian Police is still investigating nine of these crashes, saying, there were also four incidences of collisions with animals, two vehicles hit fixed objects, two cyclists were also hit by vehicles and one person fell from a moving vehicle. “Although the figures show a significant reduction, there are faces behind the numbers and the impact of these crashes left some people with life changing injuries and others lost their lives, which calls for more efforts from road users and players in road safety in order to maintain a safe road culture in Namibia,” said Garises.
Garises added that the MVA Fund appeals to drivers, passengers and pedestrians to adopt safe road attitudes and road use behavior. “Road crashes are more often than not filtered to human error. Factors such as overtaking more than one vehicle at once, impatience, speeding and driving while under the influence of substances such as alcohol and drugs are well known to contribute to road crashes and must be avoided at all times,” she added. Pedestrians are also warned to be on the lookout for vehicles and only cross at designated portions of roads and most importantly, when it is safe to do so, - see and be seen.
Garises noted that the distribution of road crashes during the past week show that the Khomas Region recorded the highest number of crashes with 32, Otjozondjupa was 13, Erongo was 11 and the lowest with 10 in the Oshana region. “With regards to the distribution of the 11 fatalities per region, 36% (four) occurred in the Oshana Region while the rest recorded one fatality each,” noted Garises. Garises said: “While we are well on our way to stabilize the crash data, the MVA Fund wants all road users to travel safely, thus appeals for positive road use behaviour”.