Road accidents on the rise this festive season

WINDHOEK: The Khomas region has recorded the highest number of road accidents during the past weekend.

During the past weekend, a number of road accidents were recorded around the country’s road network and it’s still expected to increase if motorist are not cautious and don’t adhere to the rules and regulations of the road.

A number of thirty eight road accidents were recorded in which fourty eight (48) people that were involved suffered serious injuries and from the thirty eight accidents, five people lost their lives.

The Khomas region recorded the highest with nineteen (19) accidents, followed by Erongo with six (6); Oshikoto and Hardap with three; Ohangwena and Oshana with two and lastly Otjonzondjupa, Kunene and Omaheke recorded only one accident.

According to the latest statistics of the road fund, Namibia has so far recorded around thirteen thousand (13 000) accidents in which over 2000 people lost their lives and over 21 000 were injured in the past five years.

Furthermore, the year 2012 recorded the highest number of injuries and fatalities comparatively in the last five years, with 3547 accidents and 561 fatalities.

To add on, a total of 94 people lost their lives in road crashes the 2012/2013 Festive season, which symbolises the highest fatality rate in five years. And so far, over 540 people have already lost their lives in road accidents.

This year’s road safety campaign was launched earlier this month under the theme” Your Destination, a reward for safe driving. Pledge to arrive alive”.

Speaking at the launch on behalf of Honorable Erkki Nghimtina, Minister of Works and Transport, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Peter Mwatile, said in order for Namibia to achieve tangible and sustainable results, the success of the campaign lies in the hands of each and every road user.

“We all individually and collectively need to realise the devastating consequences of speeding. I would like to encourage every Namibian to make a personal contribution towards saving lives this festive season by pledging to obey all traffic regulations and thereby taking personal responsibility of their own safety on the roads,” said Mwatile.

This year’s campaign kicked off this past Saturday and it’s expected to run until the 15th of January 2015.