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Launch of the Festive Season Report

The National Road Safety Council launched the official 2021/2022 Festive Season Report to give an account of the effectiveness of the efforts of various road safety stakeholders to reduce deaths and injuries on our national roads. In addition, the event, which was attended by heads of traffic enterprises and senior officials, was meant to help the road safety sub-sector gauge the matters that need to be improved to curb motor vehicle-related accidents and fatalities.

The festive season campaign was launched on the 25th of November 2021 in Keetmanshoop, after the festive season operation that commenced on the 17th of November 2021 to the 17th of January 2022.

In her statement, Major General Anna-Marie Nainda of the Namibian Police Force announced that all the regions experienced a reduction in road accidents. The Major General said, “Between 2021/2022, 480 accidents were reported and during the period of 2020/2021, 545 accidents were reported thus a decrease of 12%.” She added that during 2021/2022 injuries were recorded at 952, noting an 11% decline from the 1074 injuries sustained during 2020/2021.

She also stated that fatalities increased despite the reduced number of accidents, increasing the number of casualties from 101 during 2020/2021 to 116 during 2021/2022. Statistics show that the Khomas and Otjozondjupa regions experienced the highest motor vehicle accidents with 138 and 47 respectively, resulting in 8 and 27 fatalities in the same order.

In his address, Minister of Works and Transport, Honourable John Mutorwa applauded the work done by stakeholders in the road safety sub-sector, noting the collaborative efforts made to ensure the report would be ready for the launch date.

The minister highlighted the challenges that were observed during the campaign which ranged from, “… a lack of human power, lack of transportation, the deliberate undermining of the traffic laws from the road-using public as well as a high number of unroadworthy vehicles on our national road network.”

Hon. Mutorwa urged the nation to work together as a team to eradicate these road safety disruptors and stated that government expects all citizens to take road safety seriously.

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