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Friday 18 January 2019
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MVA Fund calls on pedestrian awareness

The motor vehicle accident fund (MVA) has called on pedestrians to be more cautious and abide by traffic rules when ever they are using the road. The results of an accident statistics survey MVA Fund carried out recently indicate that a large number of accidents were caused by, or directly involved pedestrians.
Speaking during a media day event last Friday themed “Harnessing the power of effective media relations to enhance road safety compliance – Pedestrian Safety”, MVA Chief Corporate Affairs Kapena Tjombonde, noted that everyone becomes a pedestrian at one point or another. She said “most people take issues to do with pedestrians lightly, assuming that only drivers are to be road-smart. This makes most of us pay little attention to the details that are involved in being a pedestrian”.
Official statistics released by MVA recently indicate that 950 people died on Namibian roads over the last two years – 482 deaths recorded last year and 468 deaths between 1 January and 4 September 2016, representing two deaths each day.
Additionally, 5 110 injuries were recorded last year, and 4 819 so far this year.
Furthermore, the fund recorded 2 897 accidents in 2015, and 2 774 thus far this year.
Tjombonde called on members of the public to use the designated crossing points on the various roads to avoid accidents at places that are known dangerous points. Among the accident hotspots in Windhoek are Monte Cristo Road, Pick n Pay Katutura robots and Matshitshi Street in Goreangab, of which most of them are a result of vehicle-pedestrian conflict.
MVA Fund carried out an education day for members of the public to inform them on the role they should play to make roads safer.From the MVA Fund statistics, it was established that the highest number of accidents occur mostly from 16:00 to 20:00 where a total of 238 crashes involving pedestrians have been recorded since 2015.
The other peak hours are from 06:00 to 08:00 in the morning and 12:00 to 14:00  when people normally take their lunch breaks. The results also notes that around 374 pedestrian crashes occurred on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The report shows that out of 734 crashes N$37.6million was paid in injury grants and N$564 million was paid in medical benefit. Fatalities totalled 20 in 2015 and 30 in 2016 translating to a total of N$210 000.
Tjombonde expressed concern over the statistics, as the economic impact on society is large. She added that “16 to 40 year-olds represent 42 percent and 46 percent for 2015 and 2016, respectively,… these are students, young professionals, established in careers and breadwinners.”
Speaking during the same event, Communication Officer Belinda Hamburee emphasized the need for the media to work together with the fund to establish a synchronised message for the public. She noted that whereas members of the public were familiar with the current condition of the roads, there remains a need for continued awareness on proper usage and access to information on the assistance that the fund offered to victims of accidents within the borders of Namibia.
Tjombonde thanked stakeholders who continue to work with the MVA Fund.
“The men in uniform (police) are always available and continue to reaffirm the lasting and good relationship that we enjoy with them. Also, the ambulance services and other stakeholders all make it possible for us to reach out to accident victims when they need us most, as soon as possible.”




One thought on “MVA Fund calls on pedestrian awareness

  1. Jennylee

    Whoever becomes Prsideent next November, I'm hoping that their first executive order is that any Federal office building that lets Gorelick past the lobby will be razed and all employees in it fired.

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