MVA Fund concerned about collisions and pedestrian-related accidents

The Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund has expressed concern over recent collisions, pedestrian-related and roll-over accidents accounting for 50 per cent of pedestrian deaths on Namibian roads.

Most of these accidents were recorded between 19 and 26 July 2020, with the majority of fatalities occurring in the Khomas, Oshikoto and Kavango East regions, a media statement issued by the MVA on Wednesday said.

The statement said this latest development comes against the background of a significant decline in the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities from 01 January until July 2020 compared to the same period during the previous two years.

“Data collected by the MVA Fund’s emergency call centre indicates an average decrease of 14 per cent of crashes, 15 per cent of injuries and 14 per cent of fatalities compared to 2018 and 2019 respectively,” the statement said.

A decline was observed from March 2020, with a major slump evident in April due to the nationwide lockdown on account of COVID-19 which restricted travelling. Crashes reported during March were 59 per cent less than the monthly average for 2020, whereas April fatalities were 60 per cent below the monthly average for 2020.

The MVA Fund’s Chief Executive Officer Rosalia Martins-Hausiku in the statement also attributed the decrease in road crashes and subsequent injuries to improved road safety partner engagement and collaboration.

“Similarly, effective use of available resources, extended campaign periods and improved road user behaviour over the years go a long way toward ensuring that Namibia as a nation is part of the success stories in respect of the implementation of the Namibian Chapter of the Decade of Action for road safety 2011-2020,” the statement said.

Martins-Hausiku urged the public against unnecessary movement on the road, especially related to social activities over weekends.

Source: Namibia Press Agency