Eight fatalities over Independence weekend: MVA

WINDHOEK: Fatalities emanating from road crashes on Namibian roads continue to raise and rob families of their loved ones.

As per records collated by the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund Call Centre over the past few had it that eight (8) people were killed in road crashes during the just-ended Independence long weekend.

These fatalities are 33 per cent higher than the six (6) recorded during the same period last year, said the MVA in a media statement availed to Nampa here on Wednesday afternoon.

Road crash data at the MVA Fund Call Centre has consistently indicated that young people in the age group of 16 to 40 are the mostly killed in road crashes.

Of the eight (8) deceased persons, three (3) were aged between 21 and 40, while other three (3) were in the 46-70 age group and two (2) persons’ ages are not known.

Although fatalities increased during this year’s independence long weekend in comparison to the 2013 independence holiday, the MVA Fund has noted a significant reduction in road crashes and injuries during the past long weekend, as opposed to the previous two (2) years.

According to data at the MVA Fund Call Center, road crashes reduced by 34 per cent while injuries reduced by 56 per cent.

In terms of injuries, data further indicates that level of injuries sustained during the independence long weekend ranged from mild to serious.

Records at the MVA Fund Call Center reveal that pedestrian crashes were the main types of crashes reported over the long independence weekend during the last two years.

Pedestrians as vulnerable road users accounted for eight (8) crashes during the past weekend, and 15 pedestrian-related crashes were reported in 2013.

Roll-overs were also a concern, whereby seven (7) incidents were reportedly a result of rollovers this past weekend, while the previous independence holiday recorded 15 cases.

Collisions also featured among the top types of crashes during this weekend, whereby nine (9) crashes were collisions, against nine (9) reported during the same period in 2013.

As per the above graph, a total of 33 road crashes were reported to the MVA Fund Call Center during the long independence weekend.

This reflects a reduction by 17 in comparison to the same period last year, with 50 in 2013 and 33 in 2014.

The number of injuries also decreased from 106 during the same period last year, to 45 this year. Fatalities increased by two (2), in comparison to six (6) fatalities reported during 2013.

The Khomas and Erongo regions recorded the highest number of crashes during the 2014 period with 13 and nine (9) crashes respectively, while Omusati, //Karas, Ohangwena and Omaheke regions recorded no crashes in 2014.

The Erongo region recorded the most fatalities during the 2014 Independence weekend.

It is reported that four (4) people lost their lives on the Erongo regional roads.

The Hardap, Zambezi, Oshikoto and Otjozondjupa, regions recorded one (1) fatality respectively. No fatalities recorded from //Karas, Khomas, Oshana, Kunene, Omusati, Omaheke, Ohangwena and Kavango region during the 2014 Independence weekend.

‘The MVA Fund desires all people using Namibian roads to reach their destinations safe and sound, thus urges all road users be it drivers, passengers and pedestrians to remember that their safety is in their own hands, thus use the roads with due diligence’, noted the MVA statement.

(edited)WINDHOEK: Eight people died in road accidents during the just-ended Independence long weekend.

This is according to a media statement availed to Nampa by the Motor-Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund on Wednesday.

This figure is 33 per cent higher than the six fatalities recorded over the same period last year.

Of the eight deceased persons, three were aged between 21 and 40, while another three were in the 46 to 70 age group.

Two of the accident victims’ ages are not known.

Although fatalities increased during this year’s Independence long- weekend when compared to last year, the MVA Fund also noted a significant reduction in road accidents and injuries over the past weekend, as opposed to the previous two years.

The number of road accidents decreased by 34 per cent, while injuries decreased by 56 per cent.

In terms of injuries, MVA call centre data indicated that the level of injuries sustained during the independence long-weekend ranged from mild to serious.

The records also revealed that accidents involving pedestrians were the main types of accidents reported over the long weekend in the last two years.

Pedestrians as vulnerable road users accounted for eight accidents over the past weekend, while 15 pedestrian-related accidents were reported in 2013.

Roll-overs were also a concern, as seven incidents were reported, while last year’s Independence weekend recorded 15 cases.

Collisions also featured heavily, with nine recorded – the same number as last year.

A total of 33 road accidents were reported to the MVA Fund Call Centre over the long weekend – a reduction of 17 in comparison to the same period last year.

Fifty accidents were recorded in 2013, and 33 in 2014.

The Khomas and Erongo Regions recorded the highest number of accidents with 13 and nine, respectively, while the Omusati, //Karas, Ohangwena and Omaheke regions did not record any accidents.

The Erongo Region recorded the most fatalities, as four people lost their lives there over the weekend.

The Hardap, Zambezi, Oshikoto and Otjozondjupa regions recorded one fatality each, while no fatalities were recorded in the //Karas, Khomas, Oshana, Kunene, Omusati, Omaheke, Ohangwena and Kavango Regions.

SOURCE: NAMPA