18 December 2012

Namibia: Fewer Crashes This Year

THE numbers of fatalities, injuries and crashes on Namibian roads from November 22 to December 15 this year have dropped slightly compared to the same period last year.

Catherine Shipushu, the spokesperson of the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVAF), says during above-mentioned period 225 crashes took place during that period this year. In these crashes, 395 people were injured and 29 were killed.

Last year, 33 people died and 516 people were injured in 241 crashes between November 22 and December 15.

Of the 29 people who died during that period this year, 22 were male and seven were female. Fifteen of them were pedestrians, eight were passengers and six were drivers.

The Oshikoto Region leads the death toll with six fatalities, while the lowest number of people died in the Caprivi, Kavango and Omusati Regions, with one fatality each.

During the past year from January 1 to December 15, 524 people died on the country's roads. A total of 3 052 accidents took place, while 5 289 people were injured.

For the whole of 2011, 492 people were killed in road accidents. This means with two weeks still left of 2012, more people have already died in accidents than last year.

Last year, 2 902 accidents took place and 5 659 people were injured.

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