WINDHOEK: Government has expressed serious concern over the increase in fatalities on national roads recorded this year.
Statistics released on Friday by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology showed that 325 people lost their lives in road accidents from January until December last year.
In August last year, the number of fatalities as a result of accidents stood at 168.
So far this year, from January to August alone, a total of 255 people have perished in road accidents on national roads.
Also last year, from January to December, 1 023 people had sustained serious injuries in accidents. This is compared to the 804 people who have sustained serious injuries from January until August this year.
People with slight injuries so far this year number 1 218, compared to 1 287 for the whole of last year.
The shocking statistics have prompted Minister of Information and Communication Technology Joel Kaapanda to appeal to road users to strictly adhere to traffic regulations at all times in order to avoid the occurrence of accidents and to save lives in a media statement released on Friday.
“The situation on our national road network is very worrisome and sad, as preventable road accidents and the violation of traffic rules and regulations still continue to occur. This is totally unacceptable. We need to intensify our efforts on the strict adherence of traffic rules and regulations,” Kaapanda stressed.