Road accidents on slow decline

17 December 2018 | Accidents

Yolanda Nel - Safety, security and law enforcement remain important, especially in this time of the year.

Inspector-general of the Namibian police force, Sebastian Ndeitunga, said earlier that the Namibian police force has already launched its festive season operations that run until 15 January. “It is a fact that during this period, our country experiences the highest rate of road accidents, causing serious injuries and deaths to our citizens and visitors,” he said.

However, it would seem that the number of road campaigns are working, with 344 fewer accidents that took place from 1 January to 2 December this year, in comparison to the same period last year. While losing 492 lives is still a high price to pay, it is 201 less than in 2017.

A total of 5 431 injuries were recorded this year, compared to the 6 562 people that were injured last year.

According to statistics, 6 631 people lost their lives on Namibian roads in the last 11 years. The highest number of recorded traffic-related deaths was in 2016, when 731 lives were lost.

“I appeal to all road users to adhere to traffic rules and regulations, to maintain the allowed speed limit, to maintain safe following distances and to refrain from drinking while driving,” Ndeitunga said.

Ndeitunga said that the police force remains committed to consistently reviewing its strategies to combat road traffic accidents while working in close collaboration with stakeholders.

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