THE Khomas Region has recorded the highest number of road fatalities after this year’s figures indicate a 30% increase.
The Governor of Khomas, Laura McLeod-Katjirua, expressed great concern, saying that such national figures reflect an epidemic in road accidents that needs urgent intervention from all stakeholders.
“It is my belief that one life lost is one too many. I also believe that this evil can only be eliminated by standing together and working together as government, civil society and private sector. I call on all stakeholders to bury all discrepancies and focus on establishing an environment that will reduce the number of fatalities on our roads,” said the Governor.
She was speaking at a recent Road Safety Initiative, which took place at AI Steenkamp Primary School.
It was done in collaboration with the City of Windhoek and City Police.
The area around AI Steenkamp Primary School was identified as an important area for road safety education as it currently caters to 1,500 learners.
According to statistics from the MVA, Khomas continuously ranks as the region with the highest number of crashes, which in turn result in the highest number of injuries and fatalities.
McLeod-Katjirua urged residents of the region to priorities road safety and help in curbing the high rate of road fatalities in the region.
“The fact that the Khomas registers the highest number of crashes year on year has to change and therefore, as the leader of this region, I call on all residents of this region to make Road Safety their priority. The unnecessary killing is not in the hands of the government but in the hands of all us, residing in the region and within the country, irrespective of being a visitor or a citizen,” she added.
The road initiative is part of the Puma Energy Foundation and the FIA Foundation partnership, along with the international road safety NGO Amend and the Private Sector Road Safety Forum (PSRSF) of Namibia that was created to build road safety measures and promote road safety to primary school children throughout the country.
Chairperson, Nadia van Zyl, explained PSRSF’s commitment to providing safe journeys for children.
“This dream cannot be materialised without the input from organisations such as PUMA Energy and FIA Foundations. For this we are immensely grateful,” she said.
She also said that a financial contribution of N$350 000 has been given in order to help develop infrastructure outside the school and on the nearby street to separate children from cars.
“Vehicle speeds will also be reduced through the creation of a demarcation area, pedestrian crossing and the construction of speed reduction mechanisms,” she concluded.