06 Apr 2014 18:50pm
CORRECTION - REPLACING FOUR WITH FIVE IN INTRO.
WINDHOEK, 06 APR (NAMPA) Five people were arrested at their places of work on Friday for outstanding warrants of arrest for traffic violations.
These are part of over 53 000 warrants of arrest on the records of the City Police and the Namibian Police Force combined.
The Deputy Chief of the City Polices Traffic Management Unit, Adam Eiseb told the media here on Friday that 18 280 warrants are for private motor vehicles and 34 659 for public vehicles.
This is seriously putting a burden on us, and we have now decided to clamp down on outstanding warrants, he said just before City Police officers took off to execute some of the warrants of arrest.
The City Police on Friday first visited the NamPower head office, where they had 11 arrests to make.
However, only one arrest was made.
At the TransNamib head office where 14 arrests were supposed to be made, only four people were arrested for outstanding warrants of arrest.
Eiseb noted that the project is a continuous one, stating that his office always follow up on outstanding warrants when they establish the drivers contacts.
He explained that they call drivers, advising them to visit their offices and too resolve the matter.
The City police also, on a regular basis, visit the drivers residences and workplaces to execute those warrants of arrests.
We really want to enhance this approach, and this project will continue during our 24/7 operations, he said.
The City Police also make use of automatic number plate recognition camera system during their operations on the city roads, which allows them to identify vehicles which have outstanding warrants.
The deputy chief said they will be visiting workplaces during office hours and residential areas after hours to execute those warrants, and they also make use of permanent road blocks around the city to apprehend those drivers with arrest warrants for traffic violations.
He stated that they are confronted with an increasing rate of people who do not comply with the traffic laws and regulations, noting that it has resulted in increasing number of crashes on the city roads.
Eiseb thus cautioned the public to comply with all traffic rules, saying they should respect and adhere to the law, and prevent possibilities of receiving traffic fines.