CRASH statistics recorded via the MVA Fund Call Centre between 17 and 23 October 2016 show that six (6) persons lost their lives with 110 sustaining injuries in 61 crashes. These figures represent a decline in crashes by 18%, injuries by 23 percent and fatalities by 14 percent as compared to the same period in 2015.
The most prominent crash types during this period were roll-over and pedestrian-related crashes which recorded 33 percent and 25 percent respectively.
In relation to the roll-over crash type, is that in two different incidents last week, two vehicles driven by tourists overturned on gravel road, on the outskirts of Walvis Bay. The passengers sustained various degrees of injury. As the Festive Season approaches, we expect an influx of tourists in our Country. The Fund would hence like to urge all motorists to exercise extra caution when driving on gravel road, as driving on loose stones present road safety challenges as compared to driving on a tarred road which is a smooth surface. Moreover, motorists should familiarize themselves with the road environment and must always adjust accordingly. Use road traffic signs for guidance on any uncertain routes to ensure safety.
Year-to-date statistics for the period of 01 January 2016 until 23 October 2016 show a decrease in crashes by 4 percent, injuries by 8 percent and fatalities by 3 percent. The Fund further encourages the public to be responsible when using the road in order to save more lives.
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