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MVA fund urges road users to be road conscious

MVA fund urges road users to be road conscious

Maria David

THE Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund has called on all road users to be ‘journey prepared’ in order to avoid loss of life on the roads this Easter Weekend.

In a statement issued by MVA Fund Chief Executive Officer Rosalia Martins-Hausiku, it was noted that historic data has shown that the likelihood of motor vehicle crashes increases over holiday seasons such as Independence Day, mid-term break, public holidays, school holidays, and especially during the Easter weekend.

Photo: MVA Fund of Namibia

“This period is generally characterized by a surge in traffic volumes, especially on the B1 route passing through Windhoek, leading to either the southern or northern direction, while more congestion is expected on the B2 route leading to the coastal part of the country,” she said.

She added that this period has in the past been perceived as one of the darkest weekends in Namibia, as many lives have been lost and many more people left with varying degrees of injuries.

According to crash statistics recorded during the 2023 Easter weekend, five persons succumbed in 35 crashes, while 106 others sustained various degrees of injuries.

She stressed that these figures represent a zero percent change in crashes, while fatalities increased by two lives compared to the same period in 2022.

In view of the above, Martins-Hausiku mentioned that road safety partners initiated heightened roadblock activations to mitigate the potential consequences of crashes, injuries, and fatalities during Easter.

The initiative, which will be implemented by the Fund in collaboration with traffic law enforcement, will focus on journey preparedness with special emphasis on vehicle and driver fitness and passenger safety along the B1 (Otjozondjupa, Oshikoto, Oshana, and Ohangwena), B2 (Otjozondjupa to Erongo), B6 (Khomas to Omaheke), and B14 (Grootfontein to Gobabis) roads.

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