Authorities unite on road safety and illegal street racing

25 Mar 2015 11:10am
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WINDHOEK, 25 MARCH (NAMPA) - The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) and the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) on Tuesday joined hands with the Namibia Motorsport Federation (NMF), Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Traffic Department and Windhoek City Police in a campaign to promote road safety and keep illegal street racing off the national roads.
The campaign coincided with the launch of the NRSC and MVA's Easter Road Safety Campaign that will be implemented on the B1, B2 and B6 routes until 21 April.
Speaking to Nampa on the sideline of the coalition campaign’s launch at the Tony Rust Race Track, Chairman of the Road Aces Windhoek (RAW), Lyndon Sauls said cooperation between the main role-players and the motor sport enthusiasts is a step in the right direction.
RAW is affiliated to the Namibia Motorsport Federation (NMSF).
“Street racing has become a problem in Namibia and we at the Motorsport Federation feel that we need to foster safe driving and by doing that, we keep the guys off the streets and safeguard the public. Partnering with the NRSC is a positive move for us,” said Sauls.
Sauls added that anther option of keeping ‘petrol heads’ and motor enthusiasts from illegal racing is to create a platform for them, like more racing events.
While Nampa was interviewing Sauls, four owners of the fast and custom-built cars were displaying their expensive equipment and answering questions from the handful of invited guests about the power-laden engines, with some owners revving to warm up for an exclusive display of their driving skills.
Many Namibian youngsters buy fast cars but then there is no place for them to see and feel the performance of their much-admired possessions without endangering their own and the lives of other road users. That is why relevant stakeholders have united in a road safety and anti-street racing campaign that also promotes participation in organised events where racing is controlled and monitored.
Sauls sounded very sure when he said that the sub-culture will never be eradicated but can be controlled.
“I think one will never eradicate street racing but the more racing events we arrange, the less accidents will occur and less illegal street racing will take place,” Sauls noted.
On a lighter note, when asked if he also took part in illegal street races when younger, Sauls responded that he was young too but realised the dangers as he grew older and opted out of irresponsible street racing and focused more on enjoying the hobby in a controlled and safe environment.
The road safety campaign will focus on speeding, overloading, drinking and driving, and vehicles that are not roadworthy.
The campaign will be run in four regions: Omaheke, Erongo, Otjozondjupa and Khomas.