09 Sep 2015 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 09 SEP (NAMPA) The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) on Monday launched short-term road safety interventions aimed at reducing road accidents and the resultant injuries and fatalities on the B1 and B2 roads.
The B1 runs through the centre of Namibia, connecting the Noordoewer border-post in southern Namibia with the Oshikango border-post in the North. The B2 connects Windhoek and Walvis Bay in the Erongo Region.
Speaking during the launch of the September-October 2015 road safety campaign in Windhoek, the chairperson of the NRSC, Eliphas !Owos-Oab said in the past, road safety campaigns were season-based and counterproductive.
He said the current short-term interventions form part of year-round safety interventions that target high accident locations such as the B1 and B2 roads.
It will focus specifically on speed management, vehicle fitness and driver fitness, as well as motorists driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs.
The campaign is a joint venture of the NRSC, Walvis Bay Corridor Group, Namibian Police Force, the municipal police traffic units of Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Otjiwarongo, Henties Bay, as well as the transport inspectors of the Roads Authority.
!Owos-Oab called on the private sector as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and faith-based organisations to become part of the campaign.
Road safety is the responsibility of all Namibians and the success of the road safety campaign will undoubtedly depend on specific roles played by all stakeholders, he said.
The National Road Safety Council has identified 13 strategic points - eight points on the B1 road at Windhoek, Okahandja, Otjiwarongo, Otavi, Tsumeb, Oshivelo, Omuthiya and Ondangwa; and five on the B2 - at Windhoek, Okahandja, Karibib, Arandis and Swakopmund.
All points will be manned by representatives of NamPol; the Roads Authority; local authority traffic units; the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund; the National Road Safety Council and private emergency response services providers.
During the campaign, an average of 50 traffic officials working daily will screen 500 drivers for alcohol consumption and check 500 vehicles for roadworthiness.
Speed checks will also be done at all eight points on a daily basis on both B1 and B2 roads.