MVA deems 2014/2015 festive season a success

WINDHOEK: The Motor Vehicle Fund (MVA Fund) deems 2014/2015 festive season road safety campaign a success says its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rosalia Martins-Hausiku.

She said this during a media briefing of the preliminary results of the 2014/2015 festive season campaign on Monday that the fund considers the campaign to be a success.

The 2014/2015 festive season road safety campaign started on 22 November 2014 and ended on 15 January 2015.

“The campaign has seen a reduction in fatalities while injuries and the number of crashes increased compared to the previous year,” she said.

A number of 97 people lost their lives in the road accidents compared to 115 people that lost their lives during the same period.

She further said that a total of 68 men representing 70 percent of the total fatalities lost their lives in road crashes during the past festive season while 29 women perished.

Most of the fatalities were recorded in the Erongo region with 18 percent; Oshikoto 12 percent, Kavango 11 percent while Omusati and Oshana region all recorded ten percent.

However, a number of injured people increased with a total of 19 percent. In 2013/2014, 1056 people were injured compared to the 1261 that were injured in the ended festive season, she explained.

A total of 30 percent were seriously injured which resulted in high hospital and medical expenses for tor the fund.

The fund Chief Executive Officer said a total of 614 crashes occurred during the festive season were all caused by roll-overs which were mostly caused by poor driving skills, irresponsible overtaking and driving during the night.

The regions were most of the crashes were recorded were Khomas region with 33 percent followed by Oshana and Erongo with 13 percent; Otjozondjupa region with ten percent while Oshikoto seven percent.

The ended 2014/2015 road safety campaign was launched by the fund in collaboration with the Namibia Road Safety Council (NRSC) and the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) under the theme – “Your Destination, a Reward for Safe Driving. Pledge to Arrive Alive”.

(edited)WINDHOEK: The Motor-Vehicle Fund (MVA Fund) deems the 2014/2015 festive season road safety campaign as a success.

The MVA’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rosalia Martins-Hausiku said this during a media briefing of the preliminary results of the 2014/2015 festive season campaign here on Monday.

The campaign started on 22 November 2014, and ended on 15 January 2015.

“The campaign has seen a reduction in fatalities, while injuries and the number of crashes increased compared to the previous year,” she said.

A total of 97 people lost their lives in road accidents, compared to 115 during the same period last year.

The total represents 68 men (70 per cent).

Most of the fatalities were recorded in the Erongo Region with 18 per cent; Oshikoto (12 per cent), the two Kavango regions (11 per cent), while Omusati and Oshana region recorded 10 per cent each.

However, the number of injured people increased with 19 per cent. In 2013/2014, 1 056 people were injured, compared to the 1 261 this past festive season.

A total of 30 per cent were seriously injured, which resulted in high hospital and medical expenses for the Fund.

The MVA said that the 614 crashes which occurred during the festive season were all caused by roll-overs, mostly caused by poor driving skills, irresponsible overtaking and driving during the night.

The regions were most of the crashes were recorded are Khomas with 33 per cent, followed by Oshana and Erongo with 13 per cent each, Otjozondjupa 10 per cent, and Oshikoto seven per cent.

The just-ended road safety campaign took place in collaboration with the Namibia Road Safety Council (NRSC) and the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) under the theme “Your Destination, A Reward for Safe Driving. Pledge to Arrive Alive”.

SOURCE: NAMPA