THE nationwide curfew implemented by the state that prohibits movement between 21h00 and 04h00 just as Namibians were getting ready to enter the festive season seems to have saved a lot of lives as a 15% decrease in road fatalities was reported.
Police Deputy Commissioner Kauna Shikwambi said that between 20 November 2020 and 15 January 2021, a total 84 people died on national roads, compared to the 99 fatalities reported during the corresponding period.
The number of crashes also went down by 14%, with 471 reported, compared to 550 the previous reporting period.
According to Shikwambi, the police also noticed that road related injuries went down by 15%, with 866 injuries reported compared to 1,013 injuries recorded in the corresponding period.
Statistics from the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) of Namibia show that in 2018 Namibia ranked first in Africa in road accidents, with more than 19,000 accidents occurring every year, leaving 700 dead and 7,000 others disabled.